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Producer: Groot ConstantiaGrape Varieties: Merlot 60%, Cabernet Sauvignon 40%Optimum Drinking: Within 3 yearsWine Style: Crisp dry balanced roseAlcohol by Volume: 12.5%Closure: Natural CorkCountry: South Africa
This blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon with its delicate salmon colour shows an abundance of fresh summer fruit on the nose including pear, white peach and kiwi fruit. The fruit follows on the palate and the crisp acidity leaves a clean finish.
Groot 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 on 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.
This wine comes from various blocks that vary between 48m and 148m above sea level. All the slopes are south to south east facing.
Glenrosa and Hutton
The Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were picked between 20 - 24 balling and cold fermented at 12 - 13 Deg Celsius in stainless steel tanks. After fermentation the wine is left on the lees for two months before being racked, fined and stabilised in preparation for bottling.
Merlot 60%, Cabernet Sauvignon 40%
Serve chilled as an aperitif or to accompany smoked chicken salad with fresh coconut.
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