Three vintages of the Bordeaux-style red blend Constantia Glen Five to date – 2007, 2008 and 2009 – and although all have been rated 4½ Stars in Platter’s, a vertical tasting yesterday revealed a distinct improvement in quality year on year. The 2009 has just been released and my thoughts are as follows:
Constantia Glen Five 2009
40% Petit Verdot, 23% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc, 15% Malbec and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon. 18 months in 100% new French oak. Dark fruit and cigar box on the nose. Good concentration, fresh acidity and firm but fine tannins. Long, dry finish. A powerful wine but not exaggerated or out of balance – plenty of stuffing to go with a big structure.
The wine that stole the day, however, was the 2013 vintage of the white blend called Two, also newly released.
Constantia Glen Two 2013
71% Sauvginon Blanc, 29% Semillon. Matured in 600-litre barrels for six months. Lime, white peach and elderflower (not quite jasmine, not quite blackcurrant). Perfectly delineated fruit, riveting acidity and a pithy finish. Intense without being weighty and crystalline in structure.