Tuesday, May 22, 2012

High scores for Constantia Glen in Wine Enthusiast in the USA

Constantia Glen, the magnificently appointed boutique wine estate known for exceptional cool climate reds, has scored 90 points and more for two of its prized Bordeaux style blends in the New York based Wine Enthusiast, one of the world’s most influential magazines devoted exclusively to wine and spirits.

With a rating of 91 points for the elegant Constantia Glen Five 2008 and 90 points for the eminently approachable Constantia Glen Three 2008, both wines are included in the magazine’s Excellent category.

Wine Enthusiast describes the newly released Constantia Glen Five 2008 as a stunning Bordeaux-style blend that opens with ripe aromas of black fruits laced with a serious liquorice and spice streak that shows staying power: “The seductive mouthfeel boasts a slightly creamy texture with mouthfilling tannins. The palate is loaded with mulled boysenberry. Hints of tobacco, mocha and sweet spice all linger on the long close.”

Constantia Glen Three 2008 is described as “a great value”, noting that this Merlot-dominant blend, with splashes of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc exudes ripe aromas and flavours of rich dark fruit and berries jazzed up with layers of cigar tobacco, leather, savoury herbs and tree bark: “Concentrated and mouthfilling, with a velvety texture, it’s a well-balanced wine with fine, but persistent tannins and a lengthy finish.” 

Wine Enthusiast is the world’s largest periodical devoted exclusively to wine and spirits with a comprehensive database of 118 026 wine ratings and reviews reflecting the depth, breadth and variety in the USA market.

Constantia Glen Five 2008 and Constantia Glen Three 2008 are available at fine dining restaurants and boutique wine shops, selling at the cellar door for R245 and R150 a bottle respectively.

Constantia Glen is open daily from 10h00 till 17h00 on week days and from 10h00 till 16h00 on Saturdays and Sundays. Look out for the Constantia Glen signs towards the top of Constantia Main road. Call 021-795 5639, e-mail  or for further information. The GPS co-ordinates are S 34º 0’39.6” E 18º 24’30.6”.