Constantia Glen Two 2013

March 21, 2014
by Christian
in What I Drank Last Night
with 1 Comment


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
Price: R270
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.
Score: 91/100.

The wine that stole the day, however, was the 2013 vintage of the white blend called Two, also newly released.

Constantia Glen Two 2013
Price: R175
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.
Score: 93/100.

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  1. Melvyn MinnaarMarch 21, 2014 at 11:26 amReply

    Can’t agree more about the white. Superb wine, an intriguing work of art. I might rate it even higher.

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