I have always thought of Groot Constantia as the cradle of the South African Wine Industry. Situated on the lower slopes of the Constantia Mountains, raised sufficiently for the homestead to have a clear view across False Bay to the eastern mountains on the other side. False Bay and the cold Benguela Current from the Atlantic blowing down the Boela Gerber is the current Cellarmaster, taking on the mantle of Simon van der Stel the first owner of the land granted some 333 years ago. The current wines coming from the Groot Constantia cellar are so excellent. If it has a Groot Constantia label on it, take it off the shelf.
The Sauvignon Blanc Vines used for the production of the Groot Constantia Sauvignon Blanc 2017 are planted in Hutton and Glenrosa soils. The blocks are at different altitudes though all face south to south east. They deliver an even handed 6 tons per hectare. Picked in the coolness of the early hours of the day to retain the integrity and fruitiness of the grapes. Once on the cellar the bunches were destalked and the grapes gently crushed. A short time of skin contact followed before the free run juice was drained off and settled clear before cool fermentation. The wine was then lies on its lees for four months to build up mid palate flavours and is then prepared for bottling.
It looks like
Botted under natural cork in a Burgundy shaped bottle. The bottle is embossed in glass with the Constantia crest at the neck. The label is classical Groot Constantia, a lovely etching of the Manor House. In the glass, it is a gem bright pale straw in colour with lime green flashes when held up to the light.
It smells like
Classical Sauvignon complex whiffs of melon, green figs and sweet tropical limes.
It tastes like
From entry, a generosity of crisp fruit and a thread of acidity which runs through to the long aftertaste. The palate is filled with the more green herbaceous flavours of this great Bordeaux grape. Refreshing, food friendly.
It’s good with
As an aperitif or mid-morning refresher, it rises to the occasion superbly. For summer salads it is a perfect partner. Tracy Foulkes’s Candied Walnut & Pear Salad with Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing is from her NOMU Foods collection. Click here for her recipe.
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