Red, Ready, but will improve

2010 Glenelly, Lady May Stellenbosch,

2010 Glenelly, Lady May Stellenbosch,

Red | Ready, but will improve | Glenelly Estate | Code:  23499 | 2010 | France > Alsace > Grand Cru Alsace > Altenberg de Bergbieten | Cab.Sauvignon Blend | Medium-Full Bodied, Dry | 14.5 % alcohol


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The Wine Advocate


The Wine Advocate - The 2010 Lady May is a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petit Verdot and sees 100% new oak for 24 months. That wood seems to be deftly absorbed on the nose with precocious black cherry and black currant fruit tinged with cedar. The palate is medium-bodied with dusky dry tannins a masculine Cabernet Sauvignon with a slightly dry finish. A little tough at the moment, but it should mature nicely. Drink 2014-2020.
Neal Martin - 31/10/2013

The Producer

Glenelly Estate

Glenelly Estate

The Glenelly Estate is located in the Idas Valley in Stellenbosch wine region on the southern slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain. Its origins date back to the seventeenth century, in which Simon van der Stel, then Governor of the Cape, gave the land to a Huguenot, François Villion.

In 1812, the estate passed on again to Johan Peter de Villiers, and finally in 1911 it became the property of a British Family, the Garlicks. They owned it for 92 years until its purchase in 2003 by May-Eliane de Lencquesaing, who for over 30 years was also the owner of the famous Pauillac Grand Cru Classé estate, Château Pichon-Longueville, Comtesse de Lalande in Bordeaux.

It was only with Mme de Lencquesaing’s arrival that grapes were planted at the estate in 2003. All the red Bordeaux varieties are now here, along with a small amount of Syrah that does exceptionally well there. Winemaker Luke O’Cuinneagain’s CV is impressive, having worked at Ch. Fieuzal, Screaming Eagle and Ch. Angélus and then at Rustenberg for five years before joining Glenelly. He is assisted by Swartland maverick and ex-Rustenberg winemaker, Adi Badenhorst, who consults for the estate.

Mme de Lencquesaing is still very much involved in the running of the property, which seeks to combine an Old World elegance with South African flair. The French lineage of the wines is apparent upon tasting them; these are very fine indeed.

The Grape

Cab.Sauvignon Blend

Cab.Sauvignon Blend

Cabernet Sauvignon lends itself particularly well in blends with Merlot. This is actually the archetypal Bordeaux blend, though in different proportions in the sub-regions and sometimes topped up with Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot.

In the Médoc and Graves the percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend can range from 95% (Mouton-Rothschild) to as low as 40%. It is particularly suited to the dry, warm, free- draining, gravel-rich soils and is responsible for the redolent cassis characteristics as well as the depth of colour, tannic structure and pronounced acidity of Médoc wines. However 100% Cabernet Sauvignon wines can be slightly hollow-tasting in the middle palate and Merlot with its generous, fleshy fruit flavours acts as a perfect foil by filling in this cavity.

In St-Emilion and Pomerol, the blends are Merlot dominated as Cabernet Sauvignon can struggle to ripen there - when it is included, it adds structure and body to the wine. Sassicaia is the most famous Bordeaux blend in Italy and has spawned many imitations, whereby the blend is now firmly established in the New World and particularly in California and  Australia.

The Region

Altenberg de Bergbieten

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