Local wine named top red blend at global competition

2019-10-22 06:00

Constantia Glen Five 2015 won the international trophy for world’s best blended red wine at the 2019 International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC) held in London.

The 2015 vintage of the Bordeaux-style red scored 96 points out of 100, qualifying as the overall winner of the international red blends category. This is the wine’s second major international accolade this year after being awarded Platinum and 97 points in London’s Decanter World Wine Awards.

“It is fantastic to get this sort of recognition for our flagship red wine. It is a testament to all those involved in getting it from vine to bottle,” says Constantia Glen winemaker, Justin van Wyk.

The blend consists of 33% cabernet franc,19% cabernet sauvignon, 18% petit verdot, 17% merlot and 13% malbec. The wine was matured for 18 months in 75% new and 25% second-fill French oak barrels.

It is available from the estate, as well as at fine dining restaurants and boutique wine shops. It sells at the cellar door for R420 per bottle.

Constantia Glen was one of four South African IWSC trophy winners. The other three were: Stellenrust Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2018 (top chenin blanc), Kanonkop Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 (top cabernet sauvignon) and Waitrose Shiraz 2017 (top syrah/shiraz).

Now in its 50th year, the IWSC awards excellence in international wines and spirits.

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