Perched high on the upper reaches of the Constantiaberg in the oldest wine producing region of South Africa, lies the magnificent boutique wine estate, Constantia Glen. Acclaimed for bespoke wines and sweeping panoramic views, Constantia Glen is one of the gems of the Constantia Valley, the home of South African wine with a proud history of winemaking dating back to 1685.
Cradled between the slopes of the Constantiaberg overlooking False Bay, Constantia Glen’s 60 hectares of undulating landscape have been under the present ownership since the 1960’s. In recent times the farm has undergone numerous transformations from rolling forest hills to an Angus cattle stud, before finally accepting the historical inevitability of a return to vineyard production.
Cultivars: 29% Cabernet Sauvignon; 29% Cabernet Franc; 20% Merlot; 16% Petit Verdot; 6% Malbec
A dense, near opaque, ruby red wine showing incredible intensity in the colour of its core, given edge by a lively, yet firm, magenta rim. As the wine is opened and allowed to breathe, the extremely complex FIVE 2013 presents many different layers. The first impression is that of a rich, dark, fruit driven bouquet with upfront aromas of black plums, black currant and reduced black cherries. For a fleeting moment, these characteristics completely consume the senses, but quickly give way to underlying aromas of cedarwood and graphite. The dense dark fruit flavours are fluently translated from the nose to the palate, where silky, polymerised tannins intersect a fresh mineralty, creating an outstanding mouthfeel with a well-rounded, textural finish that lingers well onto your next sip. This is a focussed and elegant blend with fine-grain tannins showing the coolness of the 2013 vintage in Constantia.