2017 Constantia Glen Five

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2017 Constantia Glen Five
2017 Constantia Glen Five
2017 Constantia Glen Five
2017 Constantia Glen Five
2017 Constantia Glen Five
2017 Constantia Glen Five

Constantia Glen's Flagship Wine!

Tasting Notes 

A classic Constantia blend of the five archetypal Bordeaux varieties – Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. A cool maritime climate and strict crop control results in perfectly ripened grapes that are hand-harvested, meticulously sorted and batch vinified.

Nose

Bright aromas of ripe blackcurrant, juicy plums and fragrant dried herbs. This first impression is underpinned by savoury notes with hints of violets, cassis and dark fruits.

Palate

The delicious, fine-grain tannins provide a structured backbone and incredible mouth-coating texture.

Finish

A compellingly structured wine with excellent freshness and depth provides a long, lingering finish that will have you beckoning for another sip.

Vineyards

Constantia Glen has a unique position cradled between the Constantiaberg and Table Mountain (World Heritage Site) ranges, with predominantly north-east facing slopes. This singular location allows for exposure to late afternoon sun, ideal for the slow ripening that shapes our classically expressed wines. Decomposed granite and Table Mountain sandstone are the dominant soil types that lend minerality and the graceful character to our wines. High water retention of the rich clay sub-soils allows for sustainable dryland cultivation, while ecologically sound practices include biological insect and pest control by means of natural predators.

History of the Cellar

Ideally located below Constantia Nek, just moments from the bustling Cape Town city centre, Constantia Glen is a picturesque wine estate producing ultra-premium, cool climate white and red wines. The 60-hectare property, situated 103-2790 meters above sea level, has a mere 29 hectares under vine with product of wines limited to 120, 000 bottles per annum. Although winemaking began in 1685, recent history begins with the Waibel family, who purchased the land in 1960. Although this land is difficult to farm - as evident by rapid change of ownership from 1813-1960 - the dedication, patience and passion of the Waibel family has proven reward.

Having used the land predominantly as a stud farm, it was in 2000 that the Waibel family planted their first grapes and they now produce four wines. Perhaps most unique about Constantia Glen is its location. Although this region is predominantly known for its white wines, Constantia Glen is situated between the mountains, providing red grapes with the conditions needed to mature. Dryland cultivation under these cool climatic conditions results in slow ripening, low yields with exceptional grape quality and flavour concentration, thereby producing elegant Bordeaux blends. In addition to Sauvignon Blanc and the `Two` (a blend of Sauvignon Blanc with a touch of Sémillion), Constantia Glen produces the `Three` - a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon Franc and Merlot` and a `Five` - which includes the addition of Malbec and Petit Verdot. 


Accolades

  • “Increasingly dominated by Cabernet Franc, and all the better for it, this is a three-way blend with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Herbal, saline and refreshing, it’s a nuanced red with appealing focus and brightness, good texture and deftly handled 50% new wood. A superb 2017. 94 points”. Tim Atkin MW

Specifications

Year 2017
Bottle Size 750ml
Cultivar Cabernet Sauvignon (32%), Merlot (24%), Cabernet Franc (17%), Malbec (10%) and Petit Verdot (17%)
Country South Africa
Alcohol content
14.5% alc vol 
Units of Alcohol per Bottle 10.9 units
Type Red Blend
Cellaring Potential 15 years from vintage under ideal cellaring conditions
Allergen Information Contains sulphites
Origin Constantia
Appellation WO Western Cape