It’s now a given that Stellenbosch can produce some note worthy Cabernet and Cabernet dominated wines. The proof of the region’s ability to produce world class Cabernet and Cabernet based wines bares witness to the fact that in 2003 May-Elaine de Lenquesaing, at the youthful age of 78, bought a property on the lower slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain and began the process of renovation and planting of vineyards to create what we now know as Glenelly Estate. What makes the story and is a testament to the region is that May-Elaine had previously been the owner of one of Bordeaux’s great wine estates, the 2nd Growth Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande. So why would someone sell one of the world’s most renown wine estates and move to Stellenbosch? That’s a great question and says quite a bit about the potential she saw in the region. Her belief in the soil, its climate and history were all part of her decision to pull up stakes and start anew, which makes quite a compelling story.
4 ½ Stars 2029 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Cab-based, 13 (94 pts) adds 15% mix of cab franc, petit verdot & malbec. Though still young, the big but classic structure offers alluring invitation to dark-fruited, richly tannined depths. Quite tough now, though lively, but promises real harmony in 5-10 years. Long, genuinely dry finish.
93 pts Wine Enthusiast 2020 Top 100 #85
This is a beautiful, expressive wine, with loads of potpourri, dried floral and cinnamon-spice notes that lead on the nose and ride atop the decadent fruit tones of blackberry, boysenberry and black plum flesh. The palate is full and smooth, yet not overdone or overly opulent, with more of those ripe black fruit flavors that are partnered with tones of tilled earth, licorice, light char and freshly ground coffee. The tannins are structuring, yet well integrated into the mix, with a long finish to seal the deal.
92 pts Wine Advocate March 2020
The 2013 Lady May bursts out of the glass with a deep and brooding nose of ripe black fruits and softly stewed red fruits. Juicy blackberry, cherry compote and black plum with soft cinnamon spices show the depth and concentration on the palate, then shows a complex and broad mid-palate with good balance of depth and weight. Full-bodied, finessed and powerful, Lady May delivers pleasure at every turn and lingers long with a thoughtful conclusion that whispers in my ear to take a second and third sip. If you let it, this wine may seduce you. 2020-2030