Constantia Glen, Five 2018
This is one of the best red wines coming out of the Cape’s most historic wine region right now.
Blending five varietals, the palate has a dramatic entry of concentrated dark fruit flavours, striking a fantastic balance between refinement and power on the mid-palate.
Textbook ripening conditions in 2018 give the wine excellent structure and depth, with an ever-present freshness for a long, lingering finish.
Decanter Platinum Award for 2017 vintage.
Bordeaux Blend, Red Blend
HARVEST SUMMARY BY WINEMAKER, JUSTIN VAN WYK
2018 was really a fantastic vintage for the red varieties at Constantia Glen. The flavour of the grapes at the time of picking was concentrated and intense with bright aromatics. Good winter rains in June and July of 2017 provided the ideal foundation for our dryland vineyards before they embarked on a cool, yet dry growing season, stretching from September 2017 to March 2018, when the harvest commenced. The slow and long ripening allowed for the slow accumulation of sugars, and grapes that retained phenomenal acidity right up until picking. Our estate vineyards showed remarkable buffering capacity and the 2018 vintage has delivered extremely elegant and refined red wines with great richness, texture, aromatic purity, and persistent, mouth-coating tannins. The wines also have great structure and acidity, which will allow for superlative bottle-ageing. The 2018 harvest was quite late, commencing with the first blocks of Merlot and Malbec on 26 March 2018, and we picked the red varieties over 4 weeks with the last block of the Cabernet Sauvignon coming into the winery on 18 April 2018.
Youthful in colour with a very dark magenta core unwinding into a bright and lively garnet rim.
Bright aromas of ripe blackcurrant, juicy plums and fragrant dried herbs. This first impression is underpinned by a multitude of savoury notes that demand further exploration. Graphite, cedar and floral aromas start emerging from the glass, and finally once the whirling liquid comes to rest; the bouquet concludes with hints of violet, cassis and wild fynbos florae.
The palate has a dramatic entry as one consumes the concentrated dark fruit flavours that were evident on the nose, but the mid-palate displays fantastic balance between refinement and power. The textbook ripening conditions of the vintage combined with meticulous attention to extraction- and maturation methods in the cellar, have led to a compellingly structured wine with excellent freshness and depth. The delicious, fine-grain tannins provide a structured backbone and incredible mouth-coating texture. The wine comes across as tightly wound in its youth with enormous ageing potential. The ever-present Constantia freshness provides for a long, lingering finish that will have you beckoning for another sip.
30% Cabernet Franc, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 16% Petit Verdot and 10% Malbec
This is truly a stunning vintage of the Constantia Glen FIVE, which should develop beautifully in bottle for 12 to 15 years under ideal cellaring conditions.
Bordeaux Blend, Red Blend
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