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2013 Glenelly "Lady May" Cabernet Sauvignon Stellenbosch (Elsewhere $40)

SKU #1509990 94 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Cabernet Sauvignon is now down to 85% in this wine, joined by 7% Cabernet Franc and 4% each of Petit Verdot and Merlot. As opposed to the hot, ripe 2012 vintage this was a much more Bordeaux-esque one, with a cold wet winter, a long, cool spring and then a warm, dry summer. Picked a little earlier than normal to avoid overripeness, this is reflected in the wine, which has wonderfully vibrant acidity, firm tannins and integrated spiced oak to support a generous core of bright purple-berried fruit. Inky, juicy and supple this is still very youthful, with only the merest hint of savoury umami characters coming through. Very characterful. Inner quote mark (9/2020)

93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2013 Lady May is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 4% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot matured in 100% new barriques for 24 months. It has a nicely detailed bouquet of blackberry, cedar and pencil lead aromas, and the Cabernet Franc component is quite expressive. The harmonious palate is medium-bodied with fine, supple tannin, underpinned by a very fine line of acidity. The pure blackberry, blueberry and graphite-infused finish lingers in the mouth. Of the 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 , the 2013 is the best vintage. Excellent. Inner quote mark (9/2018)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2013 Lady May bursts out of the glass with a deep and brooding nose of ripe black fruits and softly stewed red fruits. Juicy blackberry, cherry compote and black plum with soft cinnamon spices show the depth and concentration on the palate, then shows a complex and broad mid-palate with good balance of depth and weight. Full-bodied, finessed and powerful, Lady May delivers pleasure at every turn and lingers long with a thoughtful conclusion that whispers in my ear to take a second and third sip. If you let it, this wine may seduce you. Inner quote mark (3/2020)

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