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4 ½ Stars 2019 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Classic 5-part Bordeaux-style red. French barriques 18 months. 80% new, for a rich chocolate seam throughout. Black cherries, cassis, crystallised violets, seductively complex layers. 14 (94 pts) is full-ripe without excess: this is a keeper.
2012 was an exceptionally late vintage for both white and red varieties as a result of a very cool summer preceding the harvest. The very cool, yet dry weather conditions during ripening of the reds created an ideal environment for the development of an incredible red wine vintage at Constantia Glen. The cool season caused ripening to take place slowly, over a longer period, during which the grapes could achieve optimal phenolic ripeness and flavour concentration. The dry weather during ripening that accompanied these cool conditions meant that grapes could enjoy extended hang time. This allowed us to pick perfectly healthy bunches of grapes with ripe fruit flavours, coupled with finely structured
tannins and the refreshing acidity that has become synonymous with our cool wine-growing region.
The first impression of the FIVE 2012 is a restrained, yet very complex bouquet of rich blackcurrant and red berries, with hints of fynbos and wild rosemary alluring you to swirl the glass in anticipation of the underlying perfume. As the wine is allowed to breathe, the well composed nose unfolds with additional savoury notes of white pepper, spice and tomato leaf; all strung along with the ripe, dark fruit flavours an indulgent lace of integrated vanillary oak.
This wine’s incredible concentration of dark fruit flavours and complex spices follow effortlessly onto the palate, where polished, fine-grain tannins and an integrated minerality provide a rich, mouth-coating texture that beautifully balances this wine’s powerful weight. This poised and elegant Bordeaux-style blend with good structure and remarkable depth boasts a natural freshness that truly advocates the coolness of the 2012 vintage, and its wellrounded, textural finish will linger well onto your next sip.
27% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Petit Verdot, 21% Cabernet Franc, 15% Merlot and 10% Malbec matured for 18 months in 80% new and 20% second-fill French oak (225 litre) barrels. The wine was bottled on 27 November 2013 with only a light filtration to clarify the wine. Credited to the cool 2012 vintage and meticulous attention paid to all winemaking practices, both in the vineyards and the cellar, this wine’s powerful structure and vibrant concentration of intricate flavours will continue to develop admirably during bottle ageing, under the correct cellaring conditions for another 10 – 15 years.