A classic Constantia blend of the three most revered Bordeaux varieties – Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. A cool maritime climate and strict crop control results in perfectly ripened grapes that are hand harvested, meticulously sorted and batch vinified.
The 2014 red grape harvest at Constantia Glen was one of the most challenging of the past decade, but led to some exceptional wines as a result of hard work in the vineyards and uncompromising dedication to the production of quality wine. The harvest followed a wet 2013 in which we received 1600mm of rainfall, so water tables were high and the soils of our dryland vineyards remained relatively cool throughout the summer. It was thus a relatively cool and late vintage, which allowed for the slow accumulation of sugar, but the amazing characteristic of this vintage, was that the acidity at full ripeness was slightly lower than previous years, indicating good berry maturity. The resulting wines continue to develop and show great balance, texture and refinement, especially well-suited to our classic and elegant Bordeaux-style red blends. The red grape harvest of 2014 commenced with the first block of Merlot on 25 March 2014 and came to a close when the last of the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were safely in the cellar on 14 April 2014.
Meticulous viticultural practices and dedication to quality in the cellar has led to this perfectly polished blend, carefully crafted from 67% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 13% Cabernet Sauvignon. It was matured in 40% new-, 40% second fill- and 20% third fill French oak barrels for 17 months. A light filtration prior to bottling, to further refine the rich tannin structure, gave us yet another vintage that shows the round, velvety texture that has become synonymous to the Constantia Glen THREE.
Residual Sugar 2.70 g/L
Titratable Acidity 5.30 g/L
VA 0.67 g/L