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Glenelly Lady May Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Tasting Notes

85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet franc, 6% Petit Verdot, 3% Merlot

LADY MAY IS GLENELLY’S FLAGSHIP ESTATE WINE. IT PAYS TRIBUTE TO THE PEDIGREE OF ITS LEGENDARY OWNER, MAY DE LENCQUESAING. CRAFTED FROM THE BEST BORDEAUX COMPONENTS OF 2018, IT REVEALS RICH DARK BERRY AROMAS WITH HINTS OF MOCHA AND CEDAR ON THE NOSE. THE PALATE OFFERS SWEET FRUIT FLAVOURS, SMOOTH TANNINS, AND A LONG, REFINED FINISH.

Winery: Glenelly
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
SKU: GLELAD2018 Categories: ,
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Glenelly Lady May 2018

$49.99

Awards/Reviews

97 pts Tim Atkin MW 2022
Even better than the 2017 release – and there aren’t many top Stellenbosch Bordeaux blends that you can say that about – this is a superb Lady May that makes light of the hot, dry conditions. Something of a sleeper, it’s a brooding assemblage of Cabernet Sauvignon with 15% Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot, aged in 92% new wood. Intense, smooth and textured, with graphite and cigar box aromas, fine-grained tannins and layered flavours of damson, fennel and blackcurrant leaf. 2026-2035

95+ pts Wine Advocate July 2023
Mainly Cabernet Sauvignon with 3% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and the remainder Cabernet Franc, the 2018 Lady May is firm and red-fruited with a broad yet compact frame. Medium to full-bodied, the wine is generous and juicy on the palate with a robust frame. It is slightly shy in its cocoon phase and should reemerge in about five years and remain a stoic and epic South African red blend for decades to come. This is what you want in your cellar. 2028-2050

5 Stars 2024 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Estate flagship, cab-led (85%) Bordeaux red with 3 others. Built for the long haul, with meticulous care taken: 18 (95 pts) spent 2 years in 75% new barrels, then 4 years in bottle before release. Has depth & concentration, fine tannins in a polished body, deep muscle tone.

92 pts Vinous Sept 2022
The 2018 Lady May is raised in slightly more new oak than the previous vintage after a somewhat stricter barrel selection. “I had to piece things together a bit more,” winemaker Luke O’Cuinneagain mentioned. It has an attractive nose with blackberry, cedar and crushed violet scents that is quite pure and focused. The palate is medium-bodied with pliant tannins, light spiced, dense and almost sinewy towards the grippy finish. This will need a couple of years in bottle, but there is certainly potential here. 2026-2048

Winemaker Notes

In 2003, at the age of 78, May de Lencquesaing, then owner of the famous Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, a Grand Cru Classé from Pauillac, Bordeaux, purchased the estate, part of the original Ida’s Valley farm, granted in 1682 by Simon van der Stel. With a nod to the French Huguenot settlers 300 years before, she set about planting vines to replace the existing fruit trees, realising her vision of establishing a thriving winery that best utilises the soils and microclimate of the valley and supports local economic development and the community. And thus Glenelly Estate was reborn.

The 1783 stamp on the Glenelly wine labels signifies nearly 250 years of the family’s involvement in the wine industry which continues into the 21st century at Glenelly. Their ancestor, Elie Miailhe, was granted the title of ‘royal wine broker’ in 1783. May de Lencquesaing (née Miailhe), continues this tradition together with her grandchildren.

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