Now here’s an interesting wine from Groot Constantia’s Award-winning Winemaker, Boela Gerber. Boela is a member of the prestigious Cape Winemaker’s Guild. He and his assistant winemaker, Rudolph Steenkamp regularly produce wines which wine awards on the local wine competitions. Groot Constantia Constantia Rood 2016 is a mélange of Merlot 51% Pinotage 22% Cabernet franc 6% Shiraz 13% Petit Verdot 2% Cabernet Sauvignon 4% Tannat 1% and Grenache 1%. The soil types in which these grape varieties are planted vary from Glenrosa, Clovelly, Avalon, Hutton and Cartref and are all south to south east facing. The grapes were fermented with regular pump overs and the wines were then aged separately for 12 months in 18% new French Oak Barrels, the reminder a mix of 2nd, 3rd and 4th fill. The wine is then blended and bottled.
It looks like
The Groot Constantia Constantia Rood 2016 is bottled under natural cork in a Bordeaux shaped bottle with the word Constantia embossed on the bottle, an indication that the wine is from the Constantia Wine Appellation. In the glass, it is a gem bright ruby plum at the core which pales out to a rich garnet at the edges.
It smells like
It is all about gently spice dark fruit, cherries, bloodplums.
It tastes like
Generous fruit from entry, a richness of blackberries, roadside brambles, Morello cherries and a hint of that lovely dark chocolate which melts on the roof of your palate. Brilliant mid palate just billowing with fruit. Good presence of tannins, giving a promise of good ageing if the wine is properly cellared.
It’s good with
The Groot Constantia Constantia Rood 2016 is a perfect wine for meat, a good lusty vegetarian dish or cheese. A slice of Dalewood Fromage Huguenot would be a good counterpoint. As the son of a wine farmer it always surprises me that grapes are available right into the winter with supermarkets now stocking grapes from Egypt – I just think there is something romantic about grapes depending on the Nile for irrigation. Same as the vineyards that run in a green band along the Orange River at Upington. This wine would be very happy with Jane Ann Hobbs’s Chicken with Roasted Onions, Grapes & Verjuice. Click here for her recipe.
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