Constantia Glen, Three 2018
“Definitely one of the better Constantia reds, this is very much a cool climate style with cassis and capsicum flavours, fine tannins and subtle 25% new wood”, Tim Atkin
One of 8 wineries in Constantia, near Cape Town – an area with a rich viticultural history which is widely considered one of the country’s finest for producing premium wine.
Winemag’s ‘Top 10 Cape Bordeaux Red Blends’
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 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 dark, deep red core unwinding into a bright and lively garnet rim.
The nose of this wine has great expression with forthcoming red and black fruit aromas.
Following these initial ripe fruit aromas, there is a complex collection of savoury notes woven
with lingering flavours of tomato leaf, blackcurrant, and cedar.
The palate shows great intensity and complexity of flavours with the dark fruit and distinct
savoury notes on the nose following flawlessly onto that first sip. The fine-grain, elegant and
velvety tannins really compliment the richness of the wine and promise great aging potential
if stored under correct cellar conditions. This full-bodied blend has an earthy minerality and
an inherent freshness that brings about a lingering, well-defined finish.
This delicious three-way blend was carefully crafted from grapes grown on the estate. It
comprises 55% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Franc and 19% Cabernet Sauvignon and was matured
for 17 months in 30% new-
, 50% second fill- and 20% third fill French oak barrels. The wine
was not fined, but only lightly filtered prior to bottling to subtly mellow the rich tannin
structure. This vintage shows the phenomenal structure and freshness that has become
synonymous to the Constantia Glen THREE, but also has excellent concentration. This means
that it can be enjoyed in its youth, yet it will certainly age and develop admirably for another
10-12 years under correct cellaring conditions.
Residual Sugar 2.4 g/L
Titratable Acidity 5.50 g/L
VA 0.62 g/L
Seared Springbok medallions with a smoked parsnip puree and blackberry infused jus. Slow
roasted shoulder of lamb with roasted vegetables and tomato jam, on a bed of buttered
polenta. Salted lamb chops or duck-breast grilled to crispy perfection over vine coals.
Bordeaux Blend, Red Blend
Seared Springbok medallions with a smoked parsnip puree and blackberry infused jus. Slow roasted shoulder of lamb with roasted vegetables and tomato jam, on a bed of buttered polenta. Salted lamb chops or duck-breast grilled to crispy perfection over vine coals.