In a word - WOW. After an hour decant, this beauty sprang into action. A very masculine wine with dark fruits, olive and tobacco on the nose. The palate was dense and lush with loads of dark fruits, olive, game, tobacco and leather with a finish that just kept going. It will be interesting to see how this develops from here but this is a really special right now. — 22 days ago
Supple, beautiful, slight chalky. Needs a bit more tile to express but a beautiful bottle. — 2 months ago
My first time trying this relatively new marriage of Stellenbosch and Bordeaux, the 2013 Glenelly Lady May, a wine whose creation was overseen by May de Lencquesaing of Ch. Pichon Longueville, whose dream it was ‘to craft the finest Cabernet Sauvignon blend outside France’. There are many good imitations of Bordeaux in South Africa, but this may be the finest I’ve yet come across.
The wine opens with classical aromas of blackberry, blackcurrant, cassis, singed tobacco, graphite, balsamic and an exotic edge - sort of five spice, but hard to pinpoint. The palate is very direct and forthcoming with its glossy flavours of ripe fruit, espresso, and fantastic minerality. The tannin and acidity cut through with great precision and harmony, leading to a long and mouth-puckering finish. This has the muscularity of a left bank Bordeaux and a very youthful feel, and should age exceptionally well.
I noticed that this wine showed best with my last glass on the first night, after a few hours’ decant, and better still on the second. By then, a delightful accent of sweet strawberry, violet and vanilla had emerged. This is a wine of great complexity and one I will buy by the case in future. — 2 months ago
Oh sooo elegant. Blackcurrant, licorice, dark cherries, and a hint of violets on a dense and concentrated Pauillac. Accessible from the beginning but lots of tension showing the wine still requires a few years in bottle. To revisit in 2026. Great bottle !! — 21 days ago
Funky smell initially and opened very nicely within the hour. Smooth. Bold. — 2 days ago
Cumple lico v y tyson — 6 months ago
The 2011 vintage was less challenging in Santa Cruz than it was in Napa. This is a nice wine from a lean producer and opens up to pure cassis, like a blackcurrant pastille, a little vanilla that hasn’t quite integrated, and a nice overall mouthfeel that expands with a few hours of decanting. This was noticeably reduced on opening and that blew off over two hours. This reminds me of Corison. Also reminds me of an 88 Pichon Baron - what a good producer can do in a not-so-ripe year - good but definitely not epic.
Hanging out in Vero Beach with the in-laws and picked this bottle up locally for $60. — a year ago