Lady May is predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon with 10% Petit Verdot. Elegant and complex, this Bordeaux-inspired red displays smooth tannins and lush fruit, perfectly balanced by smooth acidity. A true reflection of the Glenelly terroir, it flaunts bright flavors of black currant, cassis and dark cherry tinged with delicate floral, herbal and spice notes.
Lady May is Glenelly's Flagship Estate Wine, named for proprietor May-Elaine de Lencquesaing.
A solid, muscular style, exhibiting very Bordeaux-like notes of dark tobacco, mulled black currant and coffee up front, followed by a loamy edge...
A solid, muscular style, exhibiting very Bordeaux-like notes of dark tobacco, mulled black currant and coffee up front, followed by a loamy edge on the broad, cassis bush-tinged finish. Lots of rugged character should flesh out nicely with modest cellaring. Drink now through 2012.
Glenelly Estate is located on the southern slopes of the Simonsberg in Stellenbosch. Originally granted to a French Huguenot by Cape governor...
Glenelly Estate is located on the southern slopes of the Simonsberg in Stellenbosch. Originally granted to a French Huguenot by Cape governor Simon van der Stel in the late 17th century. It was purchased in 1865 by a British family, who ran the estate as a fruit farm for 138 years. In 2003, a new chapter for the history of Glenelly began, when the property was acquired by Mary-Eliane de Lencquesaing.
After conducting many studies of Glenelly's terroir, Mary-Elaine planted the 128 hectare property to 60 hectares of red varieties(Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc) and 6 hectares of Chardonnay. While most Stellenbosch vineyards are planted on western facing slopes, Glenelly is blessed with a range of aspects and sun exposures, including a high percentage of cooler eastern facing slopes. Due to the estate's location, nestled between the two hills, the vineyards benefit from gentle breezes throughout the day. These influences combine to create a slightly cooler microclimate, allowing for slower ripening of the grapes and resulting in wines of great structure, elegance, and finesse.