The wine displays a deep rich bright colour. The nose entices with its garrique character of dried thyme, pregano and cape fynbos, with black cherry and pencil lead in the background. The palate is dominated by dark cherries, blueberries and graphite, which gives it great interest. The tannins are silky and the finish is long and smooth.
In 2003, at the age of 78, May de Lencquesaing, then owner of the famous Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, a Grand Cru Classe 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 was born.
The 1738 stamp of the Glenelly wine label significes nearly 250 years of the family’s involvement in the wine industry which continues into the 21st century at Glenelly. Their ancestor, Elie Miaihe, was granted the title of ‘royal wine broker’ in 1783. May de Lencquesaing (nee Miaihe), continues this tradition together with her grandchildren, Nicolas Bureau and Maxime Bureau.