Ida’s Valley, Lelie St, Stellenbosch, 7600, South Africa

Glenelly Estate Lady May 2018




South Africa

Variety | Blend details:

Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot

Medals & Accolades

Bordeaux Blends Class 2023 Double Gold



In 2003, at the age of 78, May de Lencquesaing, then owner of the famous Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, a Grand Cru Classé 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 Estate was reborn.

The 1783 stamp on the Glenelly wine labels signifies nearly 250 years of the family’s involvement in the wine industry which continues into the 21st century at Glenelly. Their ancestor, Elie Miailhe, was granted the title of ‘royal wine broker’ in 1783. May de Lencquesaing (née Miailhe), continues this tradition together with her grandchildren.

Lady May is Glenelly’s flagship estate wine. It pays tribute to the pedigree of its legendary owner, May de Lencquesaing.

Global Fine Wine Challenge Judges Commentary

Toni Paterson MW – Australia

“So pure and lively. I love the reserve of this wine. The fruit is graceful and concentrated, but the beautiful acid line gives freshness. Classically proportioned. Medium bodied and gorgeous.”

Huon Hooke – Australia

“Very good deep concentrated purpley colour, quite oaky nose, big sweet cassis cabernet fruit flavour, youthfully bright and fresh for its age, A very solid, vibrant 2018 that still has a long way to go. Masses of tannin. Remarkable wine.”

Jane Skilton MW – New Zealand

“Appealing red fruited aroma. Silky, dusty tannins. Lovely developing gentle characters emerging.”

Anthony Mueller – America

“Firm, tight, red-fruited and dusty, rocky, bright acidity and fresh mineral-laced finish. Tight edge, needs food”

Other International Reviews

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