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Producer: Groot ConstantiaGrape Varieties: 100% ShirazOptimum Drinking: Within 6 yearsWine Style: Elegant spice, slight sweetness and herbsAlcohol by Volume: 14%Closure: Natural CorkCountry: South Africa
The heritage of Groot Constantia would be incomplete without regarding its setting. As important as the product of the grape is the beauty and significance of the architecture. The priceless Manor House and the buildings grouped around it are unequalled examples of Cape Dutch architecture both in majesty and simplicity. The collection of artefacts, including furniture and pieces of art, reflects the rich cultural tradition of the Cape.
Today the estate is owned by the Groot Constantia Trust which is committed to building upon the foundations of this South Africa's oldest and best known estate. It is one of South Africa's most visited tourist attractions.
The story of Groot Constantia goes back to 1685 when Simon van der Stel, later governor of the Cape, was granted land for a farm on the Eastern side of Table Mountain which he named Constantia. After several changes of ownership, it was sold to the Cloete family in 1778 and held by them for 5 generations until 1885. They were forced to sell owing to the vine disease phylloxera that ravaged the vineyards and it then became the property of the Cape government.
The total estate covers 165 hectares of which 87 hectares are currently planted, at a height of 60-280 metres above sea level. The type of climate is generally cool resulting in complex and balanced wines.
Their winemaker, Boela Gerber, was recently awarded the Trophy for ‘Diners Club Young Winemaker of the Year'.
Grapes: 100% Estate grown Shiraz grapes
Vinification: The grapes were picked at 24C balling and fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel rototanks for 8 days. Aged for 6months in 300L oak barrels - 75% America oak and 25% French oakServe: At room temperature with lamb, steak, creamy and meat pasta dishes and mature cheese.
Taste: Deep red in colour. Slight sweetness and a bouquet of dry spice and herbs on the palate. The wine is full of elegant flavours and has a long finish.
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