Constantia GlenThree 2017Product code: 7906
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Youthful in colour with a dark, deep red core unwinding into a bright and lively garnet rim. Forthcoming nose with expressive red and black fruit flavours. Beyond these initial ripe fruit flavours, there is complex collection of savoury dried-herb flavours intermingled with lingering notes of white pepper, blackcurrant and cedar. The dark fruit and distinct savoury notes on the nose follow effortlessly onto that first sip where elegant, velvety tannins grip the palate in a vibrant intensity of flavour. This incredible richness and concentration of fine-grain tannins is further echoed by an earthy minerality and the wine’s inherent freshness brings about a long, well-defined finish. This opulent, full-bodied wine possesses old world authenticity with its delicate herbal fynbos notes that reign in the powerful fruit flavours.
About the Winery
The origin of Constantia Glen dates back to 1685. It got established when Simon van der Stel made his first wine on his farm named Constantia. Lying in the valley of the same name, the wine estate is one of the most reputable ones in South Africa. The Constantia farm remained a possession of its founder, Simon, for as long as he was alive. After he passed away in 1712, the property got split into three parts. In recent times, they go by the name of Klein Constantia, Buitenverwachting, and Groot Constantia.
Initially, the 60-hectare land known as Constantia Glen today was arduous to farm. Evidence suggests that it was most probably used merely for grazing for about the first century of its existence. In 1813, records of its first registration to the farm’s original proprietor, Johannes Gregorius van Helsdingen, came up. He was also the first to plant grapevines on the soil of the property. Johannes Frederick, Johannes’ nephew, inherited the land by 1832. By then, it was a productive parcel with about 15,000 vines.
In 1843, the farm changed owners to Sebastiaan Valentyn van Reenen, the grandson of a renowned VOC merchant from Dutch, Cloete. He changed the name to Glen Alpine. Under Sebastiaan’s management, the land emerged as a famous wine estate. The following hundred years or so, the farm came under several individuals with various purposes.
The farm’s current name, Constantia Glen, was not before 2005. The rapid change of possessors makes it evident that it is laborious to grow grapevines on these lands. Nevertheless, the rewards have not failed to impress the Waibel family. They have persevered on these parcels for a long time, almost since 1960. Their dedication has managed to bring them success and the ability to produce wines of the highest standard.