While I’ve been inclined to think that Glenelly winemaker Luke O’Cuinnegan overreaches himself a bit when it comes to his flagship red called Lady May, the more modest Grand Vin de Glenelly 2009 (approximate retail price: R140 a bottle) tasted recently was impressive.
A blend of 42% Shiraz, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot, it’s classically styled which is to say elegant, restrained and savoury. It shows red and black berries plus subtle notes of spice and herbs. Optimally ripe fruit, fresh acidity and fine tannins. Drinking well now but probably good for another three to five years.