CONSTANTIA GLEN SAUVIGNON BLANC 2015
HARVEST SUMMARY BY WINEMAKER, JUSTIN VAN WYK
The 2015 vintage was another excellent one for Constantia Glen, with the picking of our Sauvignon Blanc grapes initiating the harvest on 16 February, 10 days earlier than in 2014. The summer growth period leading up to the early 2015 harvest was cool, but very dry, which combined with early bud-break in the spring of 2014, led to our vines going through véraison earlier this year. The vines were shaped in slightly smaller canopies, allowing good sunlight penetration and air movement in the bunch zone. This resulted in healthy bunches that enjoyed textbook ripening conditions. The Sauvignon Blanc harvest stretched over 19 days as each different clone and vineyard block that we utilize towards this careful, complex matrix, achieved optimal ripeness and flavour concentration. The white grape harvest ended with the picking of the Sémillon block that comprises 4% of this wine on the 4th of March. This variety adds incredible complexity with some citrus flavours, as well as depth and mouth-coating richness to the overall palate.
A clear, bright white wine displaying a light straw colour with a lively tinge of lime green.
Initial aromas of passionfruit, peach and gooseberries peel away to expose a complex, layered veil with tropical hints of nectarine, kumquat and kiwi fruit. It is however beyond these expressive fragrances that you come to find an underlying perfume of elderflower, which has become synonymous to the Constantia Glen Sauvignon Blanc. This multifaceted offering shows ethereal notes now and will develop haunting intricacy with age.
The complex bouquet of the 2015 Sauvignon Blanc follows seamlessly onto the palate, where its rich, creamy texture meets a well-defined minerality in perfect accord. This brings about a vibrant intensity of flavours and incredible structure, resulting in a mouthfeel that demands a sip more. A small portion of Sémillon (4%) was incorporated to lend an extra bit of rounded weight to balance the wine’s fresh core. This is also accentuated by means of maturation on the lees in stainless steel tanks for 5 months prior to bottling. Our 2015 vintage Sauvignon Blanc is a classic Constantia wine with beautiful elegance, depth and freshness that will result in superlative ageing under ideal cellaring conditions.
Alcohol: 13.5 %
Residual sugar: 1.20 g/L
Titratable Acidity: 6.20 g/L
VA: 0.50 g/L
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CONSTANTIA GLEN TWO 2015
The 2015 vintage was an outstanding one for Constantia Glen with textbook ripening conditions. The season began nearly two weeks earlier than in 2014 with the picking of our first Sauvignon Blanc grapes inaugurating harvest on 16 February. The summer growth period leading up to the early 2015 harvest was cool, but very dry, which combined with early, even, bud-break in spring 2014, led to véraison in our vines beginning earlier this year. The vines were also shaped in slightly smaller canopies, allowing good sunlight penetration and air movement in the bunch zone. This ensured that berries could ripen optimally in a healthy microclimate. The Sauvignon Blanc harvest stretched over 19 days as each different clone achieved its desired ripeness and flavour concentration, and we saw the end of the white grape harvest with the picking of the Sémillon on the 4th of March. The Sémillon component makes up 29% of this focussed blend, and adds a beautiful texture and zesty opulence to the overall palate.
This wine is strikingly clear with an intriguing straw-to-lime green tinge.
Elegant citrus, green fig and floral aromas, with special focus on the delicate notes of elderflower. Beyond these initial aromas you become intrigued by the complex array of tropical aromas of tangerine and green melon, through an uplifting zest of lime. These tropical "youth-like" aromas will further develop and integrate over time to result in a charmingly refined wine.
This year the blend is more serious than ever, but undoubtedly remains the essence of poise and finesse. Its polished weight, brought about by the Sémillon (29%) measure, is beautifully balanced by a fresh natural acidity and clear minerality that lingers well onto your next sip. The wine has a vibrant intensity and remarkable fruit concentration. It is full and rich with a textured mouthfeel that develops from ageing on lees in large 600 litre barrels for 6 months. This blend will further develop in the bottle and age admirably for another 8 to 10 years from the date of harvest.
Alcohol: 14.0% Titratable Acidity: 6.3 g/L
Residual sugar: 1.7 g/L VA: 0.5 g/L
The grapes used to make this wooded Bordeaux-style white wine are specially selected from the best vineyards grown on the farm and these grapes are handpicked, pressed and the juice is fermented in large 600 litre barrels. This year marked our first trial in adding small components of whole-bunch pressed Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc to the blend, and the results were outstanding. These portions highlighted the more elegant, floral aromas that are evident on the nose and offer additional structure and freshness. The wine was matured on the lees in 600 litre French oak barrels, of which 29% were new, for 6 months. The rest of the barrels were older oak ranging from 2nd to 6th fill. Careful barrel selection resulted in a wine showing incredible concentration of fruit and only a small influence of oak. The final blend consists of 29% Sémillon, responsible for the full-bodied nature and ageability of this wine, whilst the 71% Sauvignon Blanc brings about a graceful vibrancy and fresh acidity to balance the wine’s waxy weight.
CONSTANTIA GLEN THREE 2013
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.
Youthful in colour with a dark, cardinal core unwinding into a bright and lively ruby rim.
The 2013 Constantia Glen THREE bids an utterly complex collection of savoury flavours with some dark fruit and truffle that consume the senses at first glance. This focused vintage promises old world authenticity with its floral herb aromas of rosemary and fynbos along with an intriguing lace of cassis, currant and the most elegant of spices.
The savoury flavours illustrated on the nose follow flawlessly 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 tannin is further echoed by an earthy minerality and the wine’s fresh, natural acidity that brings about a long, well-defined finish. This full-bodied blend has great potential to well withstand the test of time and remain true to its terroir for at least another decade if stored under correct cellar conditions.
This meticulous blend was carefully crafted from 59% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 16% Cabernet Franc, which was matured for 17 months in 23% new-, 58% second fill- and 19% third fill French oak barrels. The wine was not fined but only lightly filtered prior to bottling to further polish the rich tannin structure. This is yet another vintage that shows the round, velvety texture that has become synonymous to the Constantia Glen THREE, made in such a style that it can be enjoyed in its youth, or develop admirably for another 10 years from the date of harvest.
Residual Sugar 2.90 g/L
Titratable Acidity 5.70 g/L
VA 0.57 g/L
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CONSTANTIA GLEN FIVE 2011
2011 was another fantastic year for Constantia Glen wines. It was an exceptionally late vintage with the first red grapes being harvested on 27 March 2011. The cool growing season meant ripening occurred slowly and the grapes achieved optimal phenolic and flavour ripeness without any detriment to the natural acidity. This has resulted in ripe-fruit flavoured red wines that have good freshness and vibrancy. Although the growing season was cool, it was quite sunny and the extra sunlight hours coupled with very little rainfall allowed for the picking of ripe and beautifully healthy grapes from our cool-climate vineyards. The harvest eventually came to a close when the last blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon were picked on 19 April 2011. The red wines from this vintage show bold fruit flavours and good refinement from finely structured tannins, which bodes well for the ageing potential of these wines.
The wine shows incredible colour density and intensity. Its dark, almost opaque, garnet core that unwinds into a youthful, ruby rim promises a wine with a great depth of structure and a fruitful future.
A complex bouquet with a mischievous play on the senses. The first impression is that of a rich, dark-fruit forward wine encompassing aromas of blackcurrant and black cherries, yet beyond the foreground one becomes enthralled by hints of cigar leaf and spices that marry the ripe aromas in perfect harmony. The suggestive nose demands further exploration into the great depth and complexity of fruit that is wrapped in a lenient mantle of vanillary oak.
The rich, ripe bouquet is a true advocate of the wine’s cassis core. The dense flavour concentration follows effortlessly from the nose to the palate, where polished tannins provide great texture to balance the wine’s powerful weight. As the wine ensues the tongue, the silky, polymerised tannins responsible for the wine’s elegance poises the integrated minerality to create an outstanding mouthfeel with a well-rounded, textural finish that will linger well onto your next sip.
31% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 17% Petit Verdot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 10% Malbec matured for 18 months in 100% new French oak (225 litre) barrels. The wine was bottled on 10 December 2012 without any fining, but only a light filtration in order to clarify the wine. The complex and concentrated flavours of this wine, along with its powerful structure, will continue to evolve during bottle ageing under the correct cellaring conditions for the next 10 – 15 years. Meticulous attention to extraction methods during vinification, length of skin-contact time, barrel maturation regime and extensive blending procedures are all aimed at producing a wine that has the potential to age and develop for many years in the bottle and we hope that this will be the case for the Constantia Glen FIVE 2011.
Alcohol - 14.5 %
Residual Sugar – 2.7 g/ℓ
pH - 3.65
Titratable Acidity – 5.6 g/ℓ
VA - 0.57 g/ℓ
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