I always look upon Groot Constantia as the cradle of the South African Wine Industry, where it all began. From Simon van der Stel to Boela Gerber, the wines from this estate conquered Europe, was found in the cellars of heads of state, in the writings of such great writers as Jane Austen, Charles Dickens and Baudelaire. The Groot Constantia Chardonnay 2016 simply continues this great tradition.
The grapes for this wine come from two blocks of varying heights above sea level and planted on Clovelly soils. Cooling breezes flow over the mountain from the cold Benguela current and from False Bay in the evenings.
Once in the cellar, the wine was fermented and matured for 304 days in 48% new, 25% 2nd, 24% 3rd French oak barrels. The last 3% were fermented and matured in a stainless-steel tank for 10 months. Malolactic fermentation took place in the barrels. Frequent stirring known as batonnage took place – this helps to build up the mid palate flavours. Once the barrel maturation was finished, the remaining tank wine was blended into the oak matured wine and the blend was prepared for bottling.
It looks like
Bottled under natural cork in the glass embossed Constantia bottle. Elegant ‘etching’ style label. In the glass, the gem bright wine is a pale coloured straw.
It smells like
A mélange of citrus and ripe white fleshed peaches. Undertow of smoke.
It tastes like
Wonderful complex and full palate with the whiffs from the nose coming out seriously full from edge to edge. The time on the lees is present in pleasant richness and complexity. A thin golden thread of acidity runs through from entry into the long gently waning ending.
It’s good with
Slow sipping at sunset. A true food wine. There is a newish food fashion, the bowl. The Hawaiian Poké bowl, the Ramen Bowl. A perfect partner for Anina Meyer’s Spicy Sweet Potato and Couscous Veggie Bowl for summer. Click here for her recipe.
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