If you live in Cape and you have not been to Groot Constantia, get thee hence with all due speed. It is the most beautiful, beautiful place. Lovely old, whitewashed buildings, large oaks and a spectacular view over False Bay and up the Constantia Mountain covered in the estate’s Vineyards. A truly worthwhile visit, there is an excellent tasting and sales centre at the entrance to the estate.
Groot Constantia is much affected by breezes coming down the mountain from the Benguela Current which runs up our West Coast from the deep cold South Atlantic.
The grapes, both the Sauvignon Blanc and the 7% Semillon content come from vineyards which are South and South East facing which have a mix of deep red clay soil to red-brown loamy soil, both of Granite origin. The vineyards are trellised and the Vineyard actions like pruning, canopy management and harvesting, are done by hand. Pest control is done biologically, and soil health and weed control are managed by a selected mix of winter cover crop.
The grapes are hand harvested early in the morning to retain freshness and fruit flavours. They are destemmed and crushed and into the press giving the juice some skin contact before being separated. Only the free run juice is used. The juice is settled and cold fermented in stainless steel tanks to enhance the varietal characters. After fermentation, the wine is left on the lees for six months before being racked, fined and stabilized in preparation for bottling.
From a Burgundy shaped bottle with the word Constantia embossed in glass just below the neck. The label is in the French Chateau style with an etching of the Groot Constantia Manor House on it. In the glass, the wine is hay coloured with lime green flashes. The aromas are a fine mélange of white fleshed peaches, granadilla and white guavas. There are lovely green, fynbos herbaceous notes. The palate from entry is frisky, full fruited and generous with a line of gentle tropical lime juice acidity. Lovely glass, eminently drinkable now, though will reward after a year or two of cool cellaring.
The Groot Constantia Sauvignon Blanc 2020 is the most perfect refreshing glass on its own. Perfect for lunch outside under a pergola. Anina Meyer’s Chickpea and Celery Salad is a perfect lunch partner for this wine. Click HERE for her recipe.
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