Groot Constantia Method Cap Classique Brut Rosé 2013 & Carey Boucher’s Harvest Lunch – 17.01.2017

Groot Constantia Method Cap Classique Brut Rosé 2013

As I write today, I look out over the Constantia Vineyards which are amongst the oldest in the country.  Groot Constantia itself is one of the premier tourist sites in Cape Town, up there with Table Mountain, Cape Point and the National Gardens at Kirstenbosch.

Boela Gerber in the Groot Constantia Vineyards

Boela Gerber, a member of the respected Cape Winemakers Guild, has been the winemaker at Groot Constantia for some 16 years and more recently Floricius Beukes took over as Vineyardist.  Boela tells me that things really turned around when Floricius arrived as he grasped the nettle in the vineyards and being a wine lover himself, understood what the cellar requirements are.

The grapes for the Groot Constantia Method Cap Classique Brut Rosé, 90% Pinot Noir and 10% Chardonnay have likely been harvested for the 2017 vintage. Today I talk about the 2013 vintage.

Pinot Noir grapes, just harvested

The vines are planted in Avalon soils in a climate that includes cooling breezes from the Atlantic during the day to ameliorate the summer heat in the vineyards. The grapes then need to hang longer to fully ripen, though these grapes are picked early for a high acid, low alcohol base wine.  Boela allows this wine to mature on its lees for ten months before being racked and bottled with a splash of sugar and yeast and then closed with a crown cork. The second fermentation took place in the bottle and then aged for a further 19 months sur lie, each bottle was hand riddled, disgorged, the cork inserted and the wire muzzle attached.

Chardonnay grapes on the vine

It looks like
Elegant clear bottle in the classical vein. In the glass a delicate pink with orange flashes and masses of the tiniest bubbles rushing to the surface to form a crown around the rim.

It smells like
Not much varietal character which is typical for a wine like this, but good whiffs of Golden Delicious apples, fresh baked almond brioche.

It tastes like
Crisp, bubbly, clean, great apple acidity and appeal. Long gently waning aftertaste. Very refreshing.  Good Sunday mod-morning wine.

Carey Boucher Erasmus’s Harvest Lunch

It’s good with
Any time.  Crisp summer salads. Oysters and plump prawns served with a lightly curried mayonnaise.  Pickled fish.  Smoked Chicken.  Carey Boucher Erasmus has the perfect offering for a stunning summer lunch with her Harvest Lunch: Peach & Prosciutto Salad, and Snoek Paté & Dried Fruit Pickle. Click here for her recipe.

Carey Boucher Erasmus

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