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4 ½ Stars 2019 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Merlot leads in 15 (93 pts), with cab franc and cab sauv. Highly perfumed delight, cassis and violets, cocoa-rich chocolate, plush & streamlined. Already tempting because of its polish & style but a distinguished future lies ahead. A triumph.
Youthful in colour with a dark, deep red core unwinding into a bright and lively garnet rim.
The nose is forthcoming with expressive red and black fruit flavours. Beyond these initial ripe fruit flavours, there is complex collection of savoury dried-herb flavours intermingled with notes of white pepper and graphite strung along with an intriguing lace of cassis, currant and the most elegant of spices.
The dark fruit-infused savoury characters illustrated on the nose follow effortlessly onto that first sip where elegant, velvety tannins grip the palate in a vibrant intensity of flavour. This incredible richness and concentration of fine grain tannins is further echoed by an earthy minerality and the wine’s inherent freshness brings about a long, well-defined finish. This opulent, full-bodied wine possesses old world authenticity with its delicate herbal fynbos notes and the powerful fruit flavours linger endlessly.
This delicious blend was carefully crafted from 62% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 13% Cabernet Sauvignon and was matured for 17 months in 28% new-, 60% second fill- and 12% 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 elegant vintage shows the round, velvety texture that has become synonymous to the Constantia Glen THREE, but also has good structure and power meaning that it can be enjoyed in its youth, yet it will certainly age and develop admirably for another 10 years from the harvest under correct cellaring conditions.
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