2017 Constantia Glen, Five, Constantia, South Africa

2017 Constantia Glen, Five, Constantia, South Africa

Product: 20171357785
2017 Constantia Glen, Five, Constantia, South Africa

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There is a polished quality to this wine, with all the hallmarks of New World fruit. With age, the concentrated cassis fruit takes a back seat; herbal notes of thyme emerge. There’s a subtle earthiness, too – no doubt thanks to the 17% Cabernet Franc in the blend. The palate is lush with a mouthcoating texture, brilliantly juxtaposed with the herbal, earthy aromatics and a racy finish. It was delicious with a rack of dry-aged hogget and a medley of Mediterranean inspired vegetables. But with its balance and concluding freshness, this would suit a range of red-meat dishes or a lavish sharing platter of charcuterie and cheese.

Adam Holden, Director to the Chairman's Office, Berry Bros. & Rudd (May 2021)

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Wine Advocate90/100
The 2017 Five, as the name would suggest, is made from five Bordeaux varietals. This year’s blend is 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc, 17% Petit Verdot and 10% Malbec. The nose is immediately impressive with layers of complexity that show dusty blackberry, dark plum, cigar box and sweet oak spices of vanilla and cinnamon mingling with a soft minty and herbal edge. Medium to full-bodied, the palate shows juicy fruit tones before giving way to a mineral tension and raising spiciness with fine-grained tannins across the mid-palate. The wine ends with a long, lingering conclusion. After resting for 18 months in 75% new French oak, 28,000 bottles were filled and allowed to rest for an additional two years.

Drink 2021 - 2030

Anthony Mueller, Wine Advocate (May 2021) Read more

Intense cassis, graphite, eucalypt, and violets on the nose. A plush palate of fine-grained tannins with black plum, black cherry, and blackcurrant leaf character. Love the weightless concentration and supreme elegance. This is top drawer.

Platinum Medal, Decanter World Wine Awards 2021

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About this WINE

Constantia Glen

Constantia Glen

Constantia Glen is the newest of the eight wineries which have established themselves in the enclave of Constantia in South Africa, close to Cape Town itself. A landscape with a rich viticultural history, it is widely regarded as one of the country’s finest natural areas in which to produce premium wine.

Although the region is more commonly known for its white varietals, Constantia Glen’s unique position – lying between a gap in the mountains – allows red grapes to mature perfectly here as they bask in an additional one and a half hours’ sunlight every day. As such, Constantia Glen has made a name for its elegant, complex and beautifully balanced Bordeaux blends, wines which show exceptional value for money.

The red wines are based on the traditional Bordeaux grapes. The “Three” uses Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot; while the “Five” has the addition of Malbec and Petit Verdot.

The reds are joined by two whites: a refreshing, crisp and classically proportioned Sauvignon Blanc and an energetic blend, the “Two”, which is made predominantly with Sauvignon Blanc (as one of the most aromatically pure examples in the country), with a touch of Sémillon to enhance its many layers.

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The historically important if tiny wine district of Constantia lies in Cape Town’s southern wards, and on the most southerly point of Africa, the Cape of Good Hope.

Constantia is most famous for its ancient dessert wine Vin de Constance (made from Muscat de Frontignan)  as produced by Klein Constantia estate.

The cooling, south-easterly sea breezes make Constantia a natural site for Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon as well as Muscat.

The district is home to a mere 8 wine estates, including Klein Constantia, Groot Constantia, Buitervenwachting, Constantia Uitsig, Eagles' Nest, Steenberg, Constantia Glen

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Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon

The most famous red wine grape in the world and one of the most widely planted.

It is adaptable to a wide range of soils, although it performs particularly well on well-drained, low-fertile soils. It has small, dusty, black-blue berries with thick skins that produce deeply coloured, full-bodied wines with notable tannins. Its spiritual home is the Médoc and Graves regions of Bordeaux where it thrives on the well-drained gravel-rich soils producing tannic wines with piercing blackcurrant fruits that develop complex cedarwood and cigar box nuances when fully mature.

The grape is widely planted in California where Cabernet Sauvignon based wines are distinguished by their rich mixture of cassis, mint, eucalyptus and vanilla oak. It is planted across Australia and with particular success in Coonawarra where it is suited to the famed Terra Rossa soil. In Italy barrique aged Cabernet Sauvignon is a key component in Super Tuscans such as Tignanello and Sassicaia, either on its own or as part of a blend with Sangiovese.

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