I must say, I do get a warm and fuzzy feeling about Pinotage, and even more so when it comes with the history of the Groot Constantia Pinotage 2015.
Groot Constantia, the cradle of the South African Wine Industry, has Boela Gerber as its winemaker. Boela is a member of the Cape Winemakers Guild, that unique band of brothers and sisters who arguably produce some of the finest wines of the Cape.
Groot Constantia has a number of blocks of Pinotage planted on Glenrosa and Cartref soils. The slopes face south to south east. The grapes were hand harvested and taken down to the cellar where fermentation took place on the skins with 4 pump overs a day to extract colour and gentle tannins. Barrel maturation took place over 16 months with 28% new French oak barrels, 42% in 2nd fill and 30% 3rd fill.
It looks like
Bottled under natural cork closure in a Bordeaux shaped bottle with the elegant Groot Constantia livery. The bottle is embossed with the Constantia logo which indicates that the grapes used were grown in the Constantia Wine Appellation.
It smells like
The red berries of the Pinot Noir parent shine. Oak and its concomitant spices in perfect support.
It tastes like
Raspberries, fraises des bois and spiced bloodplums. Lovely concentrated layers with smooth tannins and oak well interwoven with the red fruit acidity in the long elegant aftertaste.
It’s good with
Excellent glass on its own, an anytime wine. It’s made for food, spicy food like the classical North African Tagines, gentle curries, Bobotie and full flavoured vegetarian dishes. Tracy Foulkes’s Leg of Lamb with Honey Balsamic Shallots is a great partner. Click here for her recipe.
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