Constantia Glen rated top SA wine at First Growths tasting in Zurich

Wednesday, 20 November, 2013
Constantia Glen
Constantia Glen has been hailed “a South African sensation” in Switzerland as the top performing local wine with a near perfect score at The World of First Growths tasting in Zurich, holding its own alongside the finest French, Italian and Spanish wines.

Constantia Glen FIVE 2008 came joint third with a score of 19/20 in the tasting of 44 of the world’s best wines including a number of top tier South African entries. A classic South African Bordeaux-style red, Constantia Glen FIVE 2008 received identical scores as the top two French Bordeaux wines including the iconic Château Mouton-Rothschild. The results were published in BLICK, a newspaper from Switzerland’s biggest online media house (click here for link). 

In his review Master Sommelier Alain Kunz singles out the Constantia Glen flagship for its elegance and cool climate freshness in comparison to wines from better known Cape appellations. He describes the wine as well-rounded and immensely powerful with a “super long” finish.

Constantia Glen FIVE 2008 is an elegant blend of the five Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Franc (36%), Cabernet Sauvignon (22%), Petit Verdot (15%), Malbec (14%) and Merlot (13%), aged in 100 % new French oak barrels for 16½ months. The wine has a broad spectrum of aromas centred round a core of rich black berries, shaped by the unique location of the vineyards just below Constantia Nek, where slow ripening grapes lend a wonderful expression of dark berry flavours with finely structured tannins.

“An exercise in balance,” is how winemaker Justin van Wyk describes this elegant and refined wine with superlative ageing potential over the next 10 to 15 years.

Constantia Glen FIVE 2008 is available at fine dining restaurants and boutique wine shops. It sells at the cellar door for R245 a bottle.

Constantia Glen is open daily from 10h00 till 17h00 on week days and from 10h00 till 16h00 on Saturdays and Sundays. Call 021-795 5639, e-mail or visit for further information.