Gouverneurs Reserve has a grand ring to it. When it is a Groot Constantia Gouverneurs Reserve 2015, that should make you take your cap off, start tugging at your forelock and going down on your knees. The grapes for the Groot Constantia Gouverneurs Reserve 2015 fabulous red blend, 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc, 11% Merlot and 8% Petit Verdot give the wine a Bordeaux shine. The vineyards are a variety of soils, Glenrosa with its water retaining properties, Cartref and Hutton. All the slopes face south to south east. Specific vineyard blocks are carefully watched by Floricius Beukes, the Viticulturist, to ensure top quality grapes for the final wine.
The grapes are all hand harvested at the same sugar levels of 24 Balling. Once in the cellar they are separately vinified for later blending. After destemming and crushing, the wine goes to fermentation. During this time pump overs take place four times a day. Fermentation is followed by a 4-week maceration on the skins. Maturation takes place in 225 litre French Oak Barrels, 73% of which were new. 9% 2nd fill and the balance 3rd fill. After this the Groot Constantia Gouverneurs Reserve 2015 was blended and prepared for bottling.
It looks like
Appropriately bottled under natural cork in the elegant Constantia embossed Bordeaux shaped bottle. The traditional ‘etched’ label is applied. In the glass, it is a rich bloodplum at the core which pales out to ruby garnet at the edges.
It smells like
Black berry, cherry and plum fruits. Oak generously applied gives up its aromas of sweet brown spices.
It tastes like
From entry into the broad palate and into a long after taste, the golden threads of a generosity of dark sappy fruits, a line of acidity and robust very accessible tannins are well interwoven.
It’s good with
As a glass on its own watching the fire die down with some squares of dark chocolate, the Groot Constantia Gouverneurs Reserve 2015 is a perfect post prandial digestif. As a food pairing wine, it is just superb, it begs for well cooked food be it the traditional Sunday Roast or a mid-week supper dish when a great bottle can bring a restful end to a busy day. Dianne Bibby’s Chorizo & Potato Frittata is an excellent supper partner. Click here for her recipe.
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