GROOT CONSTANTIA PINOTAGE 2019, THE PERFECT PARTNER IS INA PAARMAN’S PERI-PERI CHICKEN UNDER A BRICK WITH CHILLI BUTTER…

Groot Constantia Pinotage 2019

Two great South Africans come together when Groot Constantia meets Pinotage in the Groot Constantia Pinotage 2019. I always think of Groot Constantia as the cradle of the South African Wine Industry. Situated in the Constantia Wine Appellation, if you have not visited there, I urge you to do so.

Pinotage grapes ripening on the vine

The Pinotage Vineyards on the Estate grow in Glenrosa and Cartref soils. They all face South to South East. Once the grapes are harvested, destemmed and crushed in the clear, fermentation takes place with pump overs taking place four times a day for gentle colour, flavour and soft tannin extraction. The wine spends up to 14 months in a selection of 40% new and the remainder previous fills. The wine is then prepared for bottling.

Boela Gerber, Groot Constantia Winemaker in the Barrel Cellar

Pour
From a Bordeaux shaped bottle closed with natural cork. The label is in the French Chateau style with an etching of the manor house on it. In the glass, a deep blood plum which pales out to cherry ruby at the edges. The aromas are of country lane fruits, brambles, mulberries plums and cherries. The oak and its concomitant spice and vanilla are in support of the fruit. The palate has a thread of raspberry acidity running through from entry to the long and gently waning after taste. Rich and generous on the palate and, in my opinion, an utterly delicious Pinotage… Eminently drinkable now it will reward you after a couple of years of coo cellaring. I as very impressed by this wine.

Ina Paarman’s Peri-Peri Chicken Under a Brick with Chilli Butter

Pair
The Groot Constantia Pinotage 2019, slightly chilled makes a great glass on its own, Though it is with food that it really excels. Spicy is good, so Bobotie is a great option as is a string of spicy boerewors off the braai. Fellow Constantia resident Ina Paarman’s Peri-Peri Chicken Under a Brick with Chilli Butter is a great partner. Click HERE for her recipe.

Ina Paarman, National Living Treasure, darling of the South African Kitchen

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The beautiful pediment on the old Cellar at Groot Constantia

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