GLENELLY LADY MAY 2015

£32.65

Balance and poise with a wallop of intensity. Tea leaf, roast beef and thyme notes with raspberries, chewy tannins, oaky spice and a soft silky finish.

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Description

Brilliant Bordeaux blend made in Stellenbosch by French May de Lencquesaing who knows a little about wine! Balance and poise with a wallop of intensity. Tea leaf, roast beef and thyme notes with raspberries, chewy tannins, oaky spice and a soft silky finish. This will be drinking superbly now after the best part of a decade in bottle. 5* Platter winner

GRAPE Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petite Verdot CLOSURE Cork
REGION Stellenbosch VEGETARIAN Yes
VINTAGE 2015 VEGAN No
ABV 14.5% ORGANIC No

 

DRY     *________|________|________|________|     SWEET

LIGHT     |________|________________*________|     FULL BODIED

NO OAK     |________|________|________*________|     OAKY

 

 

Additional information

Glenelly Estate

Glenelly Estate is situated in Idas Valley, Stellenbosch, on the southern slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain. Its origins date back to the 17th century when Simon van der Stel, Governor of the Cape, gave the land to the French Huguenot François Villon in 1682. In 1812 the estate remained in French hands when it passed on to Johan Peter de Villiers.

So … why in 2003 did May de Lencquesaing, then owner of the famous Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande purchase the estate? Why after 30 years in the wine business in France would she decide to plant vines in South Africa? Why would an ‘older’ lady invest in this ‘younger’ democracy and start a new adventure?

Because she believes in the soil, the micro climate and the potential for quality wines. Because she believes in continuing the long relationship between the French and winemaking in South Africa going back more than three centuries. And because she believes in South Africa and wishes to play a part in its economic development.

Winemaking at Glenelly is considered an art form and 2009 saw the inauguration, on this 128ha estate, of a winery which is a stellar example of modern methods, design and environmental awareness.

Production

Vintage conditions
A great year although a “fast” (early harvest). Thanks to sufficient cold units, full dormancy break was achieved. Bud break occurred 2 weeks early and with warmer days and cooler nights in December, the harvest was 2 weeks earlier than usual. Low pH levels and good acids characterise the harvest.

Vinification details
The grapes were lightly crushed into stainless steel tanks. The fermentation was done by natural yeast with a mixture of rack and returns and open pump overs. There follows post fermentation skin contact over 2-3 weeks and gentle pressing. Malolactic fermentation occurred in French oak barrels. The wine stayed on the lees for a long period of time before racking on average every 4 months, then matured during 24 months in new French oak barrels. During the aging, the wine is clarified with natural egg whites and bottled later.

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