Groot Constantia Constantia Shiraz 2017

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Groot Constantia Constantia Shiraz 2017

Country - South Africa

Region - Western Cape

Grape Varieties - Shiraz 100%

Alcohol by volume - 13.5%

Bottle - 75cl

Producer - Groot Constantia

Tasting notes - Savoury notes are supported by liquorice and black pepper, as well as ripe plums and a hint of smoke. The wine shows beautiful intensity on the palate. The natural acidity adds freshness to the wine, and tannins are soft and approachable.

Groot Constantia Constantia Shiraz 2017

Smooth, opulent and gamey with spice and brambly
fruit through to a long and peppery finish.


Producer Note
Groot Constantia is South Africa's oldest estate and one of South Africa's most visited
tourist attractions. In 1685 Cape Governor Simon van der Stel built a farm in the
foothills of Table Mountain, which he named Constantia. Groot Constantia received
world acclaim from Napoleon, Bismarck and King Louis Philippe of France who was
the biggest single buyer of Groot Constantia wines. They had to sell to the Cape
government after phylloxera ravaged the vineyards. Now, the total estate covers 165
hectares of which 87 hectares are planted, at an altitude of 60 to 280 metres above
sea level. The climate is generally cool resulting in complex and balanced wines.


Vintage
2017 will be remembered for its dry conditions throughout the growing season and
during the harvest which resulted in very good quality. Winter was dry, followed by a
cool spring with very little rain. This continued into early summer which was dry and
windy. 30 milllimetres of rain fell in January, which provided some relief, however little
more fell until the end of the harvest. The benefit of the dry, windy conditions was
that the vineyard remained healthy. Although it was dry, it was not excessively hot
and the temperatures cooled down over night, enabling the fruit to build excellent
flavour and colour concentration.


Vineyard
The vineyards are tucked in the steep valley on the eastern side of Table Mountain.
The climate is Mediterranean with cooling breezes from the Atlantic Ocean
encouraging balance and complexity in the grapes. The average rainfall is
approximately 1,100 mm per annum. The soils are predominantly Clovelly and
Glenrosa- a gravelly soil with low fertility. The climate, combined with the cool
southern slopes and deep mountain soils provide the ideal setting for the making of
these top quality wines.


Winemaking
The grapes were handed picked at 25°C Balling and fermented in open tanks. A
post-fermentation maceration lasted for approximately four weeks. The wines were
then matured for 14 months in 24% new French oak, 42% in second passage, 30% in
third passage and 4% in fourth passage oak, which added complexity to the
resulting wine.


Tasting Note
Savoury notes are supported by liquorice and black pepper, as well as ripe plums
and a hint of smoke. The wine shows beautiful intensity on the palate. The natural
acidity adds freshness to the wine, and tannins are soft and approachable.


Grape
Shiraz 100

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