I always regard Groot Constantia as the cradle of the South African Wine Industry. The serious wine business was started by Simon van der Stel who was the first owner of the Estate. Hendrik Cloete, the owner in the 18th Century was the man who made Constantia Wine a household name in Europe and brought fame to South Africa. Boela Gerber now carries the mantle of winemaker at Groot Constantia. The Groot Constantia Blanc de Noir 2017 is a wine made up of 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon in a Bordeaux style blend, planted in Glenrosa and Hutton Soils.
Made in exactly the same style as a crisp white wine with virtually no skin contact to avoid too much colour being leeched into the juice before fermentation. The finished wine spends 90 days on its lees which builds a creamy mid palate in the wine. The wine is then prepared for bottling.
It looks like
Bottled under a natural cork closure in a clear glass Bordeaux shaped bottle with the classical Groot Constantia label of the Manor House in etching. In the glass, a gem bright cherry blossom pink.
It smells like
Generous red and black berries. And guava.
It tastes like
It has the full flavours of ripe melon, delicate berries. A wine of elegance with a line of soft acidity running from entry to the ending.
It’s good with
I write this on Heritage Day and if we can look beyond the braai, there is some exciting heritage food. Zola Nene, famous TV Chef on the Expresso Breakfast TV show, Award Winner for her book on the Gourmand Cookery Book Awards offers the traditional dish of Samp and Beans, which we’ll call Zola Nene’s Isitambu. Click here for her recipe.
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