Glenelly "Lady May" Red Blend 2012

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Glenelly "Lady May" Red Blend 2012

53.00

Stellenbosch, South Africa

89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc

Lady May is Glenelly’s Flagship Estate wine, named for proprietor May-Eliane de Lencquesaing.

This brooding Bordeaux-inspired red displays velvety tannins and lush dark fruit, perfectly balanced by fresh acidity. A true reflection of the Glenelly terroir, it flaunts concentrated flavors of blackcurrant, raspberry and blackberry, tinged with delicate herbal, cedar and spice notes. The fine, well-integrated tannins give this wine considerable aging potential. Certified Organic.

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All of the grapes destined for Lady May are grown on the Glenelly Estate vineyards, on the southern slopes of the Simonsberg in Stellenbosch. Soils are predominantly decomposed granite with a deep clay base. Glenelly enjoys a high percentage of cooler, east facing slopes. This is unusual for Stellenbosch and allows for slower, more even ripening, resulting in wines of great elegance and finesse.

The grapes were handpicked and hand sorted, then lightly crushed into stainless steel tanks. Fermentation occurred naturally, using a combination of rack and returns and open pumpovers. Punch downs were performed twice daily on each tank. The wine was left for two to three weeks of extended post-fermentation skin contact, then gently pressed and run to new French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation and aging. It was initially left to rest on its lees for seven months, then racked on average every four months. The wine was matured in new French oak barrels for 24 months.