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Adriaan Roets
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17 Apr 2018
10:26 am

Lock, stock and wine barrel: Constantia Glen Five

Adriaan Roets

Constantia Glen’s track record of releasing exceptional wines is unbroken.

Constantia Glen Five, one of the boutique estate’s latest releases, is testament to the estate’s commitment to Bordeaux varieties – and a celebration of five French wine staples.

Constantia Glen Five 2013 is a blend of 29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot, 16% Petit Verdot and 6% Malbec.

South African Bordeaux blends tend to be lighter on Petit Verdot, which could be one of the reason the Five 2013 has an added layer of richness on the palate.

Winemaker Justin van Wyk says the equal parts of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc create the backbone and structure of Five, but it helps that the blend was matured for 19 months in 80% new and 20% second-fill French oak barrels.

Five is exceptionally layered with rich fruit aromas like plum, blackcurrants and cherries – which becomes intoxicating once you experience its warm notes like cedarwood and graphite.

There’s a silkiness to Five that makes it one of those special wines you’ll always visit.

Five broke the venerable 90-point barrier in Tim Atkin’s 2017 South African Special Report, with the 2013 Five already been lauded with 94/100 from the British Master of Wine.

More suprising is its price at only R370 at the cellar door.


  • Constantia Glen’s dryland vineyards are farmed without any irrigation.
  • The tasting room is open from 10am to 6pm from Sunday to Thursday and 10am to 8pm Fridays and Saturdays.
  • Booking via is recommended to avoid disappointment.

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