The home of Glenelly The Glass Collection Merlot 2015 is Glenelly Wine Estate in the heart of the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation. Glenelly was a well-known plum farm in Ida’s Valley. And then came Mme May-Eliane de Lencquesaing. She and her team have transformed the place and Luke O’Cuinnegain is making some excellent wines from the results of the plantings.
I was privileged to lunch with Mme May a while back. It was a truly magical time. To hear her life story and about a lecture for which she was preparing to give in December of that year to the Bordeaux Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her love of glass is evident in the Glenelly Glass Collection which is open for public viewing on the Estate.
Recently Mme May was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Wine Challenge, more than well-deserved and received with her classical genuine modesty. On first hearing that she was to receive this prestigious award, Mme May commented, “I am honoured to be chosen by the IWC for this award. Wine has always been an incredibly important part of my journey throughout my life, and it’s humbling to be recognised in this way. Growing up and living in Bordeaux has been a great chance to learn and better understand wine and the people who make it. Although investing in South Africa in my late 70’s was certainly a real challenge, I had a very clear vision of what I wanted to create and couldn’t pass on the opportunity. It has been my absolute joy to see Glenelly thrive and prosper as I envisioned all those years ago. It’s such an exciting time for South Africa and we are so happy to be part of an international wine culture where our wines are taken as seriously as the most revered wines in the world.”
Tim Atkin, Master of Wine and co-chairman of the International Wine Challenge, paid tribute to May at the Awards ceremony, “The winner of our Lifetime Achievement Award today is often described as ‘formidable’, both in English and French. Now into her tenth decade, with ten grandchildren and ten great grandchildren to match, she remains a considerable force of nature… Anyone who has been lucky enough to drink a bottle of the legendary 1982 Pichon Lalande and to see the foundations she laid at the Château will recognise what she achieved in Bordeaux; anyone who has tasted recent vintages of her Glenelly Lady May Red will recognise what she has achieved in South Africa. Few people make such a mark on two continents.”
More about the Glenelly The Glass Collection Merlot 2015. We recently visited Glenelly and had a private tasting of full range of Luke’s Glenelly wines. This was followed by an excellent lunch at The Vine Bistro by Christophe Dehosse [celebrating his birthday today], a French chef who made his home in the Cape some years ago. His style of Bistro food is as close as you will get in the Cape to a wayside inn in the French countryside.
Luke believes that the pronounced herbal notes of a young Merlot are replaced by bright shining fruit.
It looks like
Packed in a traditional Bordeaux shaped bottle, the label decorated with a piece of the well-known Glenelly Glass Collection. In the glass, it is a deep plum colour at the core which pales out to ruby garnet at the meniscus.
It smells like
Dark berry fruits and plums with a minty edge. Fynbos herbaceousness.
It tastes like
Beautiful balance and concentration of fruit. Full, rich and sappy, lovely structure and the oak and tannins are perfectly interwoven.
It’s good with
Merlot is the go-to glass of wine for many, simply because it is so soft and easy to drink – and packed with fruit. It works well with food too. Some time ago, Jane-Anne Hobbs created . An oldie, and a goodie. Jane Anne edits the biggest South African Facebook page www.knorrwhatsfordinner.co.za. For Jane-Anne’s recipe – CLICK HERE
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