4 ½ Stars 2023 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
The other bank of Bordeaux recalled in this blend, merlot, cab franc and cab (62/23/15) in 19 (93 pts). Exuberant plum, chocolate, dried herb & spice in a succulent body, with supple tannins & balanced 25% new oak, 17 months. Decant now & cellar 5+ years.
93 pts Tim Atkin MW 2022
2019 was a comparatively cool vintage in Constantia, according to Justin van Wyk, which made it well suited to red Bordeaux varieties. This cuvée of Merlot with 38% Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon is elegant and perfumed, with top notes of rocket and mint, fine-grained tannins, polished 25% new oak and cassis, cedarwood and blackcurrant leaf flavours. 2024-30
90 pts Wine Spectator May 2023
A rich, chewy red, with a fragrant entrance of cured tobacco and mesquite smoke, this offers baked black currant and cherry fruit, herbed black olive and loamy earth. An expressive, savory version, this calls for lamb on the grill or other barbecue. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2024 through 2029. 1,500 cases made, 100 cases imported.
Youthful in colour with a very dark garnet core unwinding into a lively magenta rim.
Dark fruit aromas, ripe blackcurrant and juicy black plums underpinned by a fragrance of dried herbs. Beyond the initial ripe fruit flavours, there is lovely savoury complexity and lingering notes of white pepper, graphite, and cedar. The final aroma is that of beautiful floral notes imparted by the Cabernet Franc in particular.
The dark fruit flavours 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. The excellent 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 wine is poised, elegant and possesses old world authenticity with its delicate dried-herb notes that reign in the powerful fruit flavours. The wine comes across as tightly wound in its youth with incredible ageing potential.
This delicious three-way blend was carefully crafted from grapes grown on the estate. It comprises 62% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Franc and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and was matured for 18 months in 30% new, 55% second-fill and 15% third-fill French oak barrels. The wine was not fined, but only lightly filtered prior to bottling to gently mellow the rich tannin structure. This astounding vintage shows beautiful elegance as well as the round, velvety texture that has become synonymous to the Constantia Glen THREE. This means that it can be enjoyed in its youth, yet it will certainly age and develop admirably for another 8-12 years from harvest, under correct cellaring conditions.