Our Flagship wine. A classic Constantia blend of the five archetypal Bordeaux varieties – Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. A cool maritime climate and strict crop control results in perfectly ripened grapes that are hand harvested, meticulously sorted and batch vinified.
2013 was another great vintage for red varieties at Constantia Glen. The relatively late season was marked by cool ripening conditions in the late summer, allowing for the slow accumulation of sugars and the ability to achieve optimal phenolic ripeness during the extended hang time in a favourable microclimate. This combination of beneficial factors led to the development of an extremely elegant Bordeaux-style blend with refined tannin structure and incredible flavour concentration. The red grape harvest in this vintage commenced with the first block of Merlot on 20 March 2013 and finally came to a close when the last of the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were safely in the cellar on 20 April 2013.
29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot, 16% Petit Verdot and 6% Malbec matured for 19 months in 80% new and 20% second-fill French oak (225 litre) barrels. The wine was bottled on 13 January 2015 with only a light filtration to clarify the wine. Credited to the cool 2013 vintage and meticulous attention paid to all winemaking practices, both in the vineyards and the cellar, this wine’s powerful structure during and vibrant concentration of intricate flavours will continue to develop admirably bottle ageing, under the correct cellaring conditions for 10 – 15 years from harvest.
Alcohol – 14.5 %
Residual Sugar – 2.7 g/ℓ
pH – 3.61
Titratable Acidity – 5.3 g/ℓ
VA – 0.68 g/ℓ