Groot Constantia Wine Estate is the main part of the farm granted to former Governor Simon van der Stel in 1685, part of the Constantia Wine Appellation. On the front gable of Manor House, which was rebuilt in the 1920s after a devastating fire, There is a statue called The Lady of Abundance, it is for here that this wine is named. Called a Cape Blend, the minimum Pinotage content is 30%, this has 26%. Still a Cape Blend to me.
Vineyard actions like pruning, canopy management and harvesting are done by hand by Floricius Beukes and his time. Pest control is done biologically, and soil health and weed control are managed by a selected mix of winter cover crop.
The blend is made up of 36% Shiraz, 35% Merlot, 26% Pinotage, and 3% Tannat. In the cellar, this second vintage of this wine was made keeping the components of the blend apart until final blending, This took place after 12 months in 10% new, 35% 2nd fill, 35% 3rd fill, and 20% 4th fill French Oak Barrels. The wine was then blended and prepared for bottling.
From a Bordeaux shaped bottle, closed with natural cork. The bottle is embossed in glass, just below the neck, with the word Constantia. In the glass, the wine is a deep plum at the heart which pales out to ruby at the edges. The aromas are of ripe red and black berries and plums, touch of oak spice. The palate is rich and generous, with well integrated tannins, the plush fruit and the raspberry acidity. Very accessible. The wine is made for now drinkability, and it has all the requirements of a wine to age well after a couple of years of cool cellaring.
The Groot Constantia Lady of Abundance 2018 is an excellent sipping wine. It is brilliant with food and will be a perfect match for a hearty vegan or vegetarian main course. Cat Rochefort offers Lamb-Stuffed Aubergine with Pearl Barley Salad in an email I recently received from her. Click HERE for her recipe.
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