To walk on the Groot Constantia Werf early in the morning in late afternoon when there are few people around, with the white walls and the beautiful Cape Dutch Style buildings and the massive oaks is one of the great pleasures of life in the Cape.
Knowing the team there, as I do, there is added pleasure knowing that they work hard leaving mediocrity way behind them. Floricius Beukes and his team in the vineyards have over the last years that he has been there, made a huge difference in the vineyards. This as told to me by Boela Gerber, the multi–Award Winning Winemaker of this historic Estate, wearing the mantle of Simon van der Stel and Mr Hendrik Cloete, who was the man who made Constantia Wine, one of the most sought after in the halls of Europe, and on St Helena where Napoleon Bonaparte had a regular shipment sent to him once a month.
The Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes which have a dollop each of Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc were brought to the cellar after hand harvesting at dawn and fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks. After fermentation the win lay on its lees for 2 months before being prepared for bottling.
From a clear glass Bordeaux shaped bottle closed with natural cork. The label is classical Groot Constantia, like that of a French Chateau with an engraving of the Manor House on it. In the glass, the wine is a delicate coral pink. The aromas are of country lane brambles, fraises des bois and ripe melon. The palate from entry has a lovely line of raspberry acidity running through it onto the long and gently waning dry aftertaste. The mid palate is a redux of the aromas in a very pleasing glass of wine. Made for now drinking though with cool cellaring will reward you in a year or so.
The Groot Constantia Rosé 2020 is a lovely summer wine for drinking under a shady pergola at midday or as a sundown sipper. It is delicious with food, especially Sushi, Sashimi and Ceviche, Gravlax. There are many recipes for Ceviche on the Internet. It is The National Dish of Peru where it is thought that early Japanese settlers introduced it. A superb recipe is by Felicity Cloake The Guardian Food Writer. CLICK HERE
Click HERE to listen to my Podcast about this wine, first aired on Fine Music Radio.
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