Glenelly Wine Estate in the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation is at the very heart of some of the finest winemaking country. Owned by Mme May Eliane de Lencquesaing since 2003, this former plum farm has been transformed by her team as one of the premier vineyards in the region. Her Winemaker Luke O’Cuinnegain has made a name for himself by consistently producing fine wine vintage after Vintage.
The Estate’s Flagship wine, Glenelly Lady May 2012 is named for the owner and the label contains a statue of May Eliane given her as a wedding gift in 1948. In Luke’s favoured fashion the grapes were gently crushed and the juice taken to Stainless Steel tanks. Natural vineyard yeasts did their work while pump overs and rack and returns extracted as much colour and gentle tannins as possible. Once fermented dry, the skins lay macerating in the wine before soft pressing. Malolactic fermentation took place in barrel, and the wine was matured in brand new French oak barrels for 2 years, and the wine was racked on average one every four months. The final blend consists of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc. It was then prepared for bottling later with natural egg whites being used for fining.
It looks like
Bottled under natural cork, with a very simple, elegant livery featuring the glass statue of May Eliane de Lencquesaing. In the glass, it is a deep almost Indian Ink plum which pales out to ruby at the edges.
It smells like
A generosity of black fruits, particularly blackcurrants, roadside brambles with clever use of oak which supports the fruit perfectly.
It tastes like
The black fruits dominate from entry. A golden thread of bright acidity, full fruit at midpalate, fynbos herbage and well applied oak all go towards proof that this wine will age really well. A truly serious wine
It’s good with
Perfect as a glass on its for post prandial drinking with dark chocolate or cherry liqueur truffles. It is just the most perfect food wine. Virtually any red meat from oven, pan, casserole or braai will be a good partner. A full flavoured vegetarian main course would also love it. Or a midweek bowl of well-cooked soup, a crispy buttered baguette, and some snappy dark Belgian Chocolate, when you have a great bottle of wine like this which you want to share. Dianne Bibby’s Harira Vegetable Soup with Barley & Quinoa is the answer. Click here for her recipe.
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