The Lady May is Glenelly’s venerable flagship wine. Planted on a cool east-facing slope, the vineyard produces a wine that is elegant; distinguished and worthly of the praise it has received.
This Bordeaux blend is made up of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon; 13% Cabernet Franc; 11% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot.
Wine maker Luke O’Cuineagain has made a special wine with this 2015 vintage. Listen to what some authoritative people have had to say:
Glenelly Estate Prepare to Release their Greatest Creation to Date – Tasting the Epic Lady May 2015 Flagship Red Blend…
Greg Sherwood – MW (96+ points):
“Deep, dark and broody, this wine speaks with all the authority and confidence of a 5-star block buster vintage. Brimming with black menthol cassis, boiled black berry sweets, black cherry and tight grained cedar spice, this wine wears a super hero gown of graphite and stony minerality and whispers quality from the moment it hits the glass. Tight, focused and impressively compact, there is a seamless saline black currant balance with linear polished marble tannins and a super intense concentration. This is the culmination of years of winemaking refinement and is without doubt the finest red wine produced to date at the Glenelly Estate revealing the true terroir quality potential of these groomed, premium Stellenbosch vineyards. Drink from Release with decanting and over the next 20+ years.”
Tina Gellie – Decanter Magazine (95 points)
Still finishing in bottle, winemaker Luke O’Cuinneagain says this vintage won’t be released until late 2021 (or perhaps even 2022 if Covid-19 delays things further), but that extra time will only benefit what is a ‘textbook’ vintage. It’s hard to believe that the vines were only 10 years old for this wine, such is its power and concentration. Compared to the 91% Cabernet Sauvignon of 2008, this vintage is now 69%, with 13% Cabernet Franc, 11% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot – a blend O’Cuinneagain thinks is ‘about perfect’. Tight and closed still, with chewy tannins, crisp acidity and lots of cedar oak. Muscular black and blue fruit lurks behind along with iron shavings. All the elements for a great wine, with fine ageing potential.
Wine will be available for shipping from 10 April.