Groot Constantia Constantia Rood 2015 & Dianne Bibby’s Roast Leg of Lamb with Sweet Onion Marmalade – 07.04.2017

Groot Constantia Constantia Rood 2015

Groot Constantia’s Cellarmaster, Boela Gerber, has created a delicious blend with his Groot Constantia Constantia Rood 2015.  Taking the best of Bordeaux and blended in Pinotage and Shiraz, a blend unique to the Estate.

Boela Gerber Groot Constantia’s Cellarmaster

Grown on four different soil types, Glenrosa, Clovelly, Hutton and Cartref, the vineyards are subject to cooling breezes coming off the Benguela current which runs up Africa’s south west coast and to those rising up from nearby False Bay. The slopes are all either south or south west facing.

The different components were vinified separately with regular four hourly pump overs.  Ageing took place, separately again in French oak barrels of which 28% were new and the balance of varying ages. Blending took place after the barrel ageing and the wine was prepared for bottling.

Merlot, the lead grape in the blend

It looks like
Bottled under natural cork closure in a Bordeaux shaped bottle. In the glass, it is a rich opaque plum ruby at the core which pales out to garnet at the meniscus.

It smells like
Led by the Merlot in the blend, plums, black berries with an undertow of supportive oak.

It tastes like
‘Sweet’ bright fruit all the way through supported by well interwoven gentle tannins and a refreshing spritz of acidity in the ending. Really juicemaking stuff.

Dianne Bibby’s Roast Leg of Lamb with Sweet Onion Marmalade

It’s good with
Classical red wine meat, though soft enough to be drunk by the glass. With Easter approaching, the Pascal Lamb would be the ideal combination. Dianne Bibby’s Roast Leg of Lamb with Sweet Onion Marmalade, hits the spot.  Click here for her recipe.

Dianne Bibby

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