Groot Constantia Wine Estate is situated in the eponymous Wine Appellation which is a short drive from the centre of the City of Cape Town. If, as a Capetonian, you have not visited Groot Constantia, get thee hence with undue haste. If as a visitor to the city, do the same. It is well worth the drive. I always feel of it as the cradle of the South African Wine Industry.
The mantle of founder Simon van der Stel lies on the shoulders of Boela Gerber who follows in the tradition of subsequent owners, like the Cloete Family who took Constantia wine to the royal and noble tables of Europe and to St Helena when Napoleon was in exile there.
Boela told me some time back that he had great hopes for Groot Constantia Shiraz. With Floricius Beukes in charge of the vineyards, his hopes have become a reality.
With careful elevation on the cellar, the Estate has another gem in its crown. 60% of the juice fermented in Stainless Steel Tanks and the balance in open fermenters which had regular soft regular pump overs. The wines were matured in 25%new, 25% 2nd fill, 25% 3rd fill barrels and 15% 4th fill 500 litre French oak barrels, with 10% in 2700 litre foudres. The wines were then blended and prepared for bottling.
From a Bordeaux shaped bottle, with the word Constantia in glass just above the label. The bottle is closed with natural cork. The label is classical, in the style of a French Chateau. In the glass the wine is a deep plum red at the heart which pales out to ruby at the edges. Aromas are classic restrained Shiraz, showing style with the oak and its concomitant spice and vanilla. There is an undertow of fynbos herbaceousness. There is a richness and generosity of fruit supported by the oak, and fine tannins. A truly impressive glass. Eminently drinkable now, though it will reward you after a couple of years of cool cellaring.
The Groot Constantia Shiraz 2017 is made for a well-prepared meal which may serve the cheese before dessert. For this I would recommend some little shards of Grana Padano. Or a slice of Dalewood Fromage 12 month matured Huguenot.
Listen HERE to my Podcast about the Groot Constantia Shiraz 2017, first aired on Fine Music Radio
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