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Constantia Glen, Five 2017 (1x75cl)

Country: South Africa
Region: Constantia
Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon | Merlot | Cabernet Franc | Petit Verdot | Malbec
Bottle Size: 75cl
ABV: 14.5%
Product Code: SACS0017B17S
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£27.95

Awarded a Platinum medal and 97 points at the 2021 Decanter World Wine Awards (click link for details).

For other 2021 DWWA winners, click here.

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.

See the blue link below for the excellent fiche technique/technical note from the winemakers themselves.

Constantia Glen, Five 2017 - fiche technique

Cabernet Sauvignon 32%, Merlot 24%, Cabernet Franc 17%, Petit Verdot 17% and Malbec 10%.

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. The delicious, fine-grain tannins provide a structured backbone and incredible mouth-coating texture. A compellingly structured wine with excellent freshness and depth provides a long, lingering finish that will have you beckoning for another sip.