Constantia Glen, the magnificently appointed boutique wine estate known for exceptional cool climate wines, has released the third edition of its flagship red, the much anticipated Constantia Glen FIVE from the phenomenal 2009 vintage.
An elegant expression of five Bordeaux varieties grown on the upper reaches of the Constantiaberg, the wine is a benchmark of a vintage widely held as monumental for South African red and white wines. The cool yet dry conditions ensured a longer than usual ripening period resulting in the slow accumulation of sugars and abundant flavours.
The Constantia Glen FIVE 2009 is a superb exercise in balance and freshness from the cool climate Constantia Glen vineyards and a worthy successor to the previous two highly acclaimed vintages. Showing more restraint and finesse, the wine is a departure from the more Cabernet driven 2008 blend with a greater leaning towards Petit Verdot and Merlot. The 2009 vintage has already been applauded internationally with a 91 point rating from respected UK wine commentator and Master of Wine, Tim Atkin.