Vintage 2013 | Dark colour. Cardinal red edge. 3/4 transparant. Multi layered smell with minerality, sweet cassis, cinnamon and leather. Very concentrated, powerfull and after 48 hours also a sweet roundness. Very good Bordeaux blend with 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 4% Merlot and 4% Peit Verdot. A wine of May de Lencquesaing. | Paired with venison steak on first day and an Asian vegan eggplant/shitake dish on second day. — 2 months ago
Wow, nice Left Bank blend from Stellenboisch. If I didn’t know I would have guessed BDX for sure. Great classic nose. Layered red fruit. And a total steal from Cosco. Grippy tannins but mellowed enough where this is ready to drink quickly. — 7 months ago
Full bodied Merlot with complex flavours of berries, cigar box and some cocoa. Soft tannins and a full mouth feel. My kind of wine! — 5 years ago
For a good time, bring this wine to your next blind tasting.
For us industry folk who took a certain exam earlier this year, this wine revealed 1) what a silly value South Africa is right now 2) how ignorant we Americans are generally about what’s happening there today (so scarred by pinotage are we).
In a blind tasting, some of us called this 100% Cab a warm vintage medoc (a touch of bret), some (🙋🏻♀️) called it Napa (eucalyptus!), others (also catching that mint/eucalyptus note) called it Coonawarra…. But all of us rated it highly. We noted the well-integrated oak, the intensity and complexity of flavors and aroma, balance of ripe fruit with fresh acidity, ripe firm tannins and a hint of green pepper,..
Lol. Turns out we had been waxing poetic about a $16 Cab from South Africa 🤯
To make us feel better, the founder of Glenelly estate estate in Stellenbosch is Bordeaux aristocracy (the nearly 100 year old Lady May was raised at Chateau Palmer and later served as GM of CdLalande). Even though this is the estate’s entry level wine, few corners were cut in making it (hand picked fruit, early picking to retain freshness, natural yeast fermentations, actual 12+ month aging in French oak) rarely seen at wines of this price point. Undeniably new world in flavor profile (rich, ripe, fruit forward, smooth—yes, there’s even a touch of RS in there but it’s deployed well), but raised by a French governess. Not everyone’s cup of tea for sure, but a really well made wine IMHO. — 5 months ago
Ripe black cherries, good length and fresh. — 2 years ago
Delightfully Stellenbosch — 6 years ago
WSET level 1
Ananas — 6 months ago
Really good! Worth the cash. — 6 years ago