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Constantia Glen Five 2011

Bordeaux Red Blends from Constantia, South Africa
  • WS90
14.5% ABV
  • RP91
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Winemaker Notes

The wine shows incredible colour density and intensity. Its dark, almost opaque, garnet core that unwinds into a youthful, ruby rim promises a wine with a great depth of structure and a fruitful future. A complex bouquet with a mischievous play on the senses. The first impression is that of a rich, dark-fruit forward wine encompassing aromas of blackcurrant and black cherries, yetbeyond the foreground one becomes enthralled by hints of cigar leaf and spices that marry the ripe aromas in perfect harmony. The suggestive nose demands further exploration into the great depth and complexity of fruit that is wrapped in a lenient mantle of vanillary oak. The rich, ripe bouquet is a true advocate of the wine’s cassis core. The dense flavour concentration follows effortlessly from the nose to the palate, where polished tanninsprovide great texture to balance the wine’s powerful weight. As the wine ensues the tongue, the silky, polymerised tannins responsible for the wine’s elegance poises the integrated minerality to create an outstanding mouthfeel with a well-rounded, textural finish that will linger well onto your next sip.

Pair with herb-crusted roast lamb with a smoked aubergine compote and tandoori lamb jus.Peppered beef fillet served with Mediterranean vegetables on bed of burnt sage butter polenta. Asian-spiced, seared lamb and grapefruit noodle salad with fried shallots and citrus.

Blend: 31% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 17% Petit Verdot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 10% Malbec

Critical Acclaim

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WS 90
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Mature, but still has a fleshy edge to the lightly mulled plum and dark cherry notes, while mint, cinnamon, singed cedar and warm tobacco leaf hints emerge steadily through the fine-grained finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. Drink now through 2018.
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Constantia Glen

Constantia Glen

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Constantia Glen, Constantia, South Africa
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Perched on the upper reaches of the Constantiaberg, the magnificent boutique wine estate, Constantia Glen, offers wine tastings in a spectacular vineyard setting.

One of the jewels of the Constantia Wine Valley, South Africa’s oldest producing wine region situated less than 20 minutes from the Cape Town city centre, Constantia Glen welcomes wine lovers to taste and buy their handcrafted wines straight from the cellar door.

Known for superb cool climate Sauvignon Blancs shaped by the vineyards’ singular location and close proximity to False Bay, Constantia Glen is also gaining recognition for their two classically styled, yet distinctly individual red Bordeaux-style blends.

Constantia Glen is situated off Main Road on the saddle below Constantia Nek.


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One of the most famous and celebrated wine regions imported throughout Europe during the 18th century, Constantia was founded in 1685 by a Dutch governor named Simon van der Stel who ran a successful wine farm for many years.

Constantia vineyards, planted in ancient soil beds, climb up the east-facing slopes of the Constantiaberg, where the vines receive cool sea breezes blowing in from False Bay.

Bordeaux Blends

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One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World, especially in California, Washington and Australia. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, these are sometimes referred to in the US as “Meritage” blends. In Bordeaux itself, Cabernet Sauvignon dominates in wines from the Left Bank of the Gironde River, while the Right Bank focuses on Merlot. Often, blends from outside the region are classified as being inspired by one or the other.

In the Glass

Cabernet-based, Left-Bank-styled wines are typically more tannic and structured, while Merlot-based wines modeled after the Right Bank are softer and suppler. Cabernet Franc can add herbal notes, while Malbec and Petit Verdot contribute color and structure. Wines from Bordeaux lean towards a highly structured and earthy style whereas New World areas (as in the ones named above) tend to produce bold and fruit-forward blends. Either way, Bordeaux red blends generally have aromas and flavors of black currant, cedar, plum, graphite, and violet, with more red fruit flavors when Merlot makes up a high proportion of the blend.

Perfect Pairings

Since Bordeaux red blends are often quite structured and tannic, they pair best with hearty, flavorful and fatty meat dishes. Any type of steak makes for a classic pairing. Equally welcome with these wines would be beef brisket, pot roast, braised lamb or smoked duck.

Sommelier Secret

While the region of Bordeaux is limited to a select few approved grape varieties in specified percentages, the New World is free to experiment. Bordeaux blends in California may include equal amounts of Cabernet Franc and Malbec, for example. Occassionally a winemaker might add a small percentage of a non-Bordeaux variety, such as Syrah or Petite Sirah for a desired result.

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