It’s always a pleasure to sample the elegant reds of Constantia Glen, (although I routinely seem to miss out on their two whites – the sauvignon blanc and their highly-rated Bordeaux-style white blend, called, appropriately, Constantia Glen Two.)
This week I tried the latest vintage, 2011, of their Five, which was released six months ago, and sells at R330 from the farm. This is their flagship blend, comprising 31% cab, 27% merlot, 17% petit verdot, 15%, finished with 10% malbec. The vineyards are sited high on the Constantiaberg, the cool climate lending characteristic expression and structure, while winemaker Justin van Wyk maintains that the extra hours of sunlight enjoyed by the lofty site adds optimal tannins and well rounded ripe flavours. Cassis and dark cherry evident along with substantial but subtle tannins and a delicious mouthfeel.
It matured in new French oak for 18 months, and although rich and complex already, is certain to evolve into a spectacular companion to fine fare five years down the line. An investment that promises rewards for patience.
The distinctive Constantia 1685 bottle sports a 4and half star Platter sticker and a 92% score from Tim Atkin MW.
Their tasting room is open seven days a week .