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Producer: Groot ConstantiaGrape Varieties: 100% MerlotOptimum Drinking: Within 5 yearsWine Style: Fruity medium bodied redAlcohol by Volume: 14%Closure: Natural CorkCountry: South Africa
Mulberry and vanilla flavours complemented by a slight hint of mocha and chocolate. Packs a punch of flavour.
Producer NoteGroot Constantia is South Africa's oldest estate and one of South Africa's most visited tourist attractions. In 1685 Cape Governor Simon van der Stel built a farm in the foothills of Table Mountain, which he named Constantia. Groot Constantia received world acclaim from Napoleon, Bismarck and King Louis Philippe of France who was the biggest single buyer of Groot Constantia wines. They had to sell to the Cape government after phylloxera ravaged the vineyards. Now, the total estate covers 165 hectares of which 87 hectares are planted, at a height of 60 - 280 metres above sea level. The climate is generally cool resulting in complex and balanced wines.
VineyardThe vineyards are tucked in the steep valley on the eastern side of Table Mountain. The grapes come predominantly from a block that varies between 67 and 95 metres above sea level; on slopes that are south to southeast facing. The maritime climate is due to the relative proximity of the Atlantic Ocean. The soils are Clovelly and Glenrosa- a gravelly soil with low fertility. The climate, combined with the cool southern slopes and deep mountain soils provide the ideal setting for the production of this top quality wine.
WinemakingThe grapes were picked when fully ripe and fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. The wine was pumped over every four hours, during the first half of the fermentation, to extract good levels of colour, flavour and fine tannins. The wine was matured for 13 months in 225 litre barrels of which 51% was new French oak 26% was second use and 23% was third use barrels.
Tasting NoteA fruity, medium-bodied Merlot with mulberry and vanilla flavours complemented by a slight hint of mocha and cinnamon and a soft lingering aftertaste.
Serving SuggestionLeg of venison studded with bacon; pasta dishes or fine cheese.
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