The Lady in question is Mme May Eliane de Lencquesaing, Bordeaux Royalty, Owner of Chateau Pichon Lalande for over 30 years. The wine is the Glenelly Lady May 2013. May de Lencquesaing bought Glenelly, a plum farm in 2003. She spent the intervening years upgrading this beautiful Ida’s Valley gem into a fine wine Estate which is a bucket list item for anyone approaching Stellenbosch.
In the very heart of the Stellenbosch Wine Appellation with the help of Heinrich Louw, her Vineyardist, ‘he came with the farm’, she once said to me, Glenelly has become a jewel in the crown of Stellenbosch. Vineyards which look like have been tended by nail clippers, the finest of wines made by Luke O’Cuinneagain, The Vine Bistro with one of the Cape’s most underrated chefs, Frenchman Christophe Dehosse at the helm and a collection of glass which is regarded as the largest in private hands in the world.
The second vintage of the Lady May which has a Cabernet Franc component which adds freshness and aids maturation. The blend of the Glenelly Lady May 2013 is made up of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc and 4% each of Petit Verdot and Merlot. Made in Luke’s traditional way of gentle crushing, fermentation with natural yeasts from the vineyard and then then a post-fermentation maceration on the skins for 2 to 3 weeks. The wine wa matured on all new French oak barrels with periodic racking and returning. The Glenelly Lady May 2013 was then prepared for bottling
From an elegant Bordeaux shaped bottle with a white label, depicting a glass piece of May Eliane. In the glass, it is an opaque, rich, bloodplum red at the heart which pales out to the edges to a gem bright ruby. The aromas are all that are expected, red and black berries and cherries, judiciously applied oak with its concomitant spice and vanilla. The palate is supremely generous, from entry there is a thread of fine acidity and cashmere clad tannins opening into a broad, complex and sensual layered wine. Again, in the palate all these classical fruits. A hugely satisfying glass. It will age well if cool cellared and reward handsomely in a couple of years. The wine is well priced at R520.00. It also had a 95 plus rating by British Wine Writer, Tim Atkin in his review of South African Wines.
A classic like the Glenelly Lady May 2013, needs a classic dish. Though it will happily complement a well-cooked midweek supper. Lizet Hartley’s Beef Fillet with Lemon Mustard Cream Sauce fits the bill perfectly. Click HERE for her recipe.
Read more about Glenelly Estate – CLICK HERE
And a very Happy Mother’s Day to every single mother!