2017 was really a fantastic vintage for the red varieties at Constantia Glen and the wines from this vintage have garnered the same respect as those made in 2015. The flavour of the grapes at the time of picking was concentrated and intense with bright aromatics
This delicious three-way blend was carefully crafted from grapes grown on the estate. It comprises 52% Merlot, 31% Cabernet Franc and 17% Cabernet Sauvignon and was matured for 17 months in 25% new-, 60% second fill- and 15% 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 astounding vintage shows the round, velvety texture that has become synonymous to the Constantia Glen THREE, but also has excellent structure and power. This means that it can be enjoyed in its youth, yet it will certainly age and develop admirably for another 10-15 years under correct cellaring conditions.
Youthful in colour with a dark, deep red core unwinding into a bright and lively garnet rim.
Forthcoming nose with expressive red and black fruit flavours. Beyond these initial ripe fruit
flavours, there is complex collection of savoury dried-herb flavours intermingled with
lingering notes of white pepper, blackcurrant and cedar.
The dark fruit and distinct savoury notes 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 that reign in the powerful fruit flavours.
4 ½ Stars 2021 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Usual merlot majority, with 31% cabernet franc, dab cab, puts 17 (94 pts)’s focus on plush red berries, but there’s much more. Violets, milk chocolate, cigarbox (25% new barriques), tannins seamed through for ageing but ripe enough for current enjoyment.
93 pts Tim Atkin MW 2020
The Merlot component has dropped back slightly from 2018, but still is the dominating part of the blend, with support of 48% Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. 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. 2021-27
92 pts Top 10 Prescient Cape Bordeaux Red Blend Report 2021
52% Merlot, 31% Cabernet Franc and 17% Cabernet Sauvignon. Matured for 17 months in French oak, 25% new. Red and black berries, dried herbs, oystershell and oak spice on the nose while the palate is medium bodied with fresh acidity and tannins that are starting to resolve
nicely. A subtle, detailed wine.
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