Tim Atkin & Derek Smedley Constantia Glen Scores 2017

London Gold and slew of 90+ points for Constantia Glen wines

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Constantia Glen has triumphed in the international wine arena clinching a gold medal at the 2017 International Wine & Spirit Competition and a slew of 90+ ratings for all four of their signature wines by two respected British wine commentators.

The Constantia Glen Sauvignon Blanc 2017 shot the lights out as one of only two South African Sauvignon Blancs to win gold medals at the IWSC in London. Wines and spirits from 30 countries were judged by a panel of nearly 400 wine experts from across the globe.

Top scorer in the Constantia Glen camp with 95/100 in Tim Atkin’s 2017 South African Special Report, is the flagship white Bordeaux-style blend, Constantia Glen TWO 2016, followed by the flagship red, 2013 FIVE, on 94, the 2014 THREE on 92 and the 2017 Sauvignon Blanc with 91 points. Atkin, a British Master of Wine, described the TWO as “the best release yet from Constantia Glen with its “creamy lees, green herbs, stylish oak and a long, smoky gunflinty finish.” He tasted almost 1 700 South African wines for his report.

Another highly regarded British Master of Wine, Derek Smedley, scored both flagship wines, the Constantia Glen FIVE 2013 and the Constantia Glen TWO 2016, a whopping 95/100. Smedley who regularly awards Constantia Glen wines 90+ scores, gave the 2014 Constantia Glen THREE 94 points followed by the 2017 Constantia Glen Sauvignon Blanc on 93.

Showing a complex bouquet of lime zest, gooseberries and green melon, the lauded Constantia Glen Sauvignon Blanc 2017, is the latest wine to be released from this cool climate vineyard on the upper reaches of Constantia Nek.

“Our 2017 Sauvignon Blanc stands out as a result to the near-perfect ripening conditions of this vintage. The 2017 Sauvignon Blanc grapes were the most vibrant and flavoursome that I have ever worked with in my 10 years at Constantia Glen. This is a full-bodied wine with immense flavour concentration. The high natural acidity makes the wine racy and fresh, lending the perfect mineral backbone,” explains Winemaker Justin van Wyk.

The Constantia Glen Sauvignon Blanc 2017 is available directly from the estate, as well as fine dining restaurants and boutique wine shops. It sells at a cellar door price of R165 per bottle.

Known for exceptional cool climate Bordeaux-style red and white wines, Constantia Glen is open from Sunday to Thursday from 10h00 until 17h00 and on Fridays and Saturdays from 10h00 until 20h00. Look out for the Constantia Glen signs towards the top of Constantia Main Road. Call 021-7955639, e-mail reservations@constantiaglen.com, visit www.constantiaglen.com, www.facebook.com/ConstantiaGlen or follow @ConstantiaGlen on Twitter and Instagram. The GPS co-ordinates are S 34º 0’39.6” E 18º 24’30.6”.

 



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