I always think of The Groot Constantia Wine Estate as the cradle of the South African Wine Industry. The one place we can visit, that is one of the older wine estates which are still operating. If you live in Cape Town, and have not been, do go. It is a wonderful experience walking through the old werf in amongst all the whitewashed Cape Dutch buildings.
The grapes for this wine grow in two vineyard blocks on cool South and South East facing slopes. Cooling breezes from the cold Benguela Current over the Constantia Mountain cool the vineyards and allow for slower ripening and more fully flavoured grapes. Floricius Beukes, the Vineyardist and his team undertake vineyards activities like pruning, canopy management and harvesting by hand. Pest control is done biologically, and soil health and weed control are managed by a selected mix of winter cover crop.
After harvesting, destemming and crushing take place in the cellar by Winemaker Boela Gerber’s Team. Fermentation happens in stainless steel tanks.
The wine matured for 14months in 225 litre French Oak barrels, of which 34% were new, the balance being previous fill barrels of different ages. The wine is then prepared for bottling.
From a Bordeaux shaped bottle, closed with natural cork. The bottle has the word Constantia embossed in glass just below the shoulder. The label is classic and elegant and reminiscent of that of a French Chateau. In the classic, the wine is a deep bloodplum at the heart which pales out to a purple tinged ruby at the edges. The aromas are layers of blackcurrant, fresh Agen plums, Morello cherries, dark chocolate and some fynbos herbaceousness. The palate, from entry, has a line of red berry acidity running through it accompanied by firm tannins, the black fruit supported by the subtle use of oak with its concomitant spice and vanilla.
The Groot Constantia Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 is a superb wine to have after dinner with some snappy dark chocolate. It is superb as a food wine. At Easter it needs to be partnered with The Pascal Lamb. Alida Ryder’s Slow Roasted Greek Lamb is the perfect match. Click HERE for her recipe.
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