Chocolate & red wine – a luxurious winter indulgence at Constantia Glen

Experience a luxurious winter pairing of elegant Bordeaux-style red wines with handcrafted dark chocolate at Constantia Glen, one of the jewels in the Constantia wine valley just 20 minutes from the city centre.

Careful matching of sweetness, texture, style and weight in both the wines and the chocolate sets this indulgent pairing apart.

The combination of the medium-bodied blend, Constantia Saddle, with a mild 60% dark chocolate reveals a clever play on levels of sweetness.

“The gentler chocolate in this pairing takes the senses beyond the expected perceptions of straightforward ripe, sweet fruit, and brings to the surface a completely different, fascinating dimension of lively zest and violets, and an extended, refreshingly long acidity,” says assistant winemaker, Megan van der Merwe.

A bolder 70% dark chocolate is the perfect foil for the elegant Constantia Glen THREE, a classic blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.

“The chocolate’s plump profile softens the THREE’s refined tannin structure and earthy, old world core ever so slightly, leading to an explosion of fresh, ripe fruit – almost tricking your senses into believing that you are taking a bite from a cherry or strawberry covered in chocolate,” explains van der Merwe.

The bold structure and full-bodied profile of the Constantia Glen FIVE, the flagship blend of all five Bordeaux red varieties, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec, with its juicy black fruit and refined tannins, is a natural pairing for a drier and more robust 80% dark chocolate.

“When enjoyed on its own, the darker the chocolate, the drier the tannins, but when paired with our Bordeaux-style flagship, the chocolate virtually disperses the wine’s gripping tannins on the palate – allowing for more fruit to shine through,” notes Van der Merwe.

The Constantia Glen red wine and chocolate pairing costs R90 per person and is served daily at the tasting room. To pre-book, call 021-7955639 or make an instant online booking by visiting

Known for exceptional cool climate Bordeaux-style red and white wines, Constantia Glen is open seven days a week from 10h00 till 17h00. Look out for the Constantia Glen signs towards the top of Constantia Main Road. Call 021-7955639, e-mail, visit, 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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Issued by: GC Communications
Contact: Chante Johannes
Tel: +27 +21-462 0520

On behalf of: Constantia Glen
Contact: Dr Horst Prader

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