For all you lovers of South African wine the just released 2017 Glenelly Lady May may be one the last wines from the exceptional 2017 vintage we will come across, and it comes with great fanfare, we have proudly featured previous vintages of Lady May and this might be the best we have tried so far. This vintage of the Lady May plays heavily with Cabernet Sauvignon, comprising 90% of the blend, with 10% Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot rounding things out. All the components of the wine are seamlessly integrated and with the extra bottle age it has been afforded, it is just now starting to give a glimpse of its potential, with a good number of years to go. This is the real deal and at $36.99 it represents exceptional value for its genre. In our humble opinion this has to be one of the better red wine deals from just about anywhere. Stellenbosch is renowned for its Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet based wines and this particular label is another great example of the exceptional quality coming out of the Western Cape. Stock up and get it while you can as there’s not much available.
97 pts Tim Atkin MW 2021
Right up there with the best Stellenbosch Bordeaux-style blends from the exceptional 2017 vintage, this is a distinguished, patrician wine where everything is in place: tannins, acidity, oak and fruit concentration. Marrying Cabernet Sauvignon with 10% Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, it has iodine and mint aromas, red berry and cassis flavours, subtle vanilla spice and impressive underlying structure. A red to cellar. 2024-35
5 Stars 2022 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Also tasted 17 (96 pts) ups cab to 90%, loses merlot for 3-way blend, showing ripe Black Forest notes with cedar & pencil lead. Collector’s item – decant for now.
93 pts Vinous – Neil Martin
The 2017 Lady May has more presence on the nose than the preceding vintage, and more complexity and delineation. The floral element is toned down compared to the 2016. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, tarry black fruit laced with truffle and a pinch of white pepper, leading to a harmonious and quite persistent finish. This is an excellent Lady May that should drink well for up to 15 years.
Lady May Is Glenelly’s Flagship Estate Wine. The 2017 Bordeaux Blend Pays Tribute To The Pedigree Of Its Legendary Owner, May De
Lencquesaing – Balanced, Refined And Mineral. Etched With Underlining Fruit Power, It Is Fresh, Stylish And Subtle With Dense Age Worthy Tannins And A Long, Tight Finish.
Winter was late, but cold enough to allow dormancy of our vines. Low rainfall brought low soil moisture levels which led to managing stress in the vines later in the season via drip irrigation. Luckily spring sprung with good, even bud burst. Warm weather for the season with little to no rain. This led to smaller berries appearing and lower bunch mass. Although there were more bunches on the vines to make up the yield. The harvest was earlier than usual and larger than in previous years.
The grapes were lightly crushed into stainless steel tanks. The fermentation started with indigenous yeast and a mixture of rack-and-returns and open pump-overs. Post-fermentation skin contact lasted 2 to 3 weeks before gentle pressing and transferring into new French oak barrels where malolactic fermentation took place. The wine stayed on its lees for a considerable period of time before racking (on average, every 4 months) and enjoyed a maturation of 24 months in new French oak barrels.
90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot