Groot Constantia Constantia Merlot 2018

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Groot Constantia Constantia Merlot 2018

Country - South Africa

Region - Western Cape

Grape Varieties - Merlot 100%

Alcohol by volume - 14%

Bottle - 75cl

Producer - Groot Constantia

Tasting notes - 2018 is a rich and ripe Merlot delivering aromas of sun-ripened plum, black cherry, and a hint of black currant enveloped in delicate oak spice. The palate of ripe black fruits and subtle oak is framed by soft tannins with a fresh acidity through to a lingering finish.

 

Groot Constantia Constantia Merlot 2018

Juicy plum and vanilla flavours complemented by a slight
hint of mocha, capsicum and chocolate. Packs a punch
of flavour.
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
The winter rainfall was slightly lower than average, however, it was sufficient to sustain
the vines throughout the summer. Warm days welcomed the first half of the summer;
before temperatures cooled down to ensure long, slow ripening conditions for the
remainder of the 2018 vintage. Very little rain during the latter parts of ripening and
harvest ensured a healthy, disease-free environment in the vineyard.
Vineyard
The vineyards are located on the steep valley on the eastern side of Table Mountain.
The grapes come predominantly from a block that varies between 67 and 95 metres
above sea level, on slopes that are south to southeast facing. The vines are trained on
vertical shoot position trellis systems and the pruning, canopy management and
harvesting take place by hand. Pest control takes place biologically, and soil health
and weed control are managed by a selected mix of winter cover crops. The climate is
The Mediterranean with cooling breezes from the Atlantic Ocean encourages balance
and complexity in the grapes. The average rainfall is approximately 1,100mm per
annum. The soil types vary from deep red clay soil to red-brown loamy soil, both from
granitic origin. The climate, combined with the cool southern slopes and deep
mountain soils provide the ideal setting for the production of this top-quality wine.
Winemaking
The grapes were hand-picked at 25.5-26° Balling and fermented with selected yeasts in
temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. The wine was pumped over every four
hours, during the first half of the fermentation, to extract good levels of colour, flavour
and fine tannins. The wine was left on its skins for two weeks to further enhance
extraction, followed by malolactic conversion. Maturation lasted for 15 months in 225
litre barrels of which 60% were new French oak 20% was the second passage and 20% were
third passage barrels.
Tasting Note
2018 is a rich and ripe Merlot delivering aromas of black cherry and plum with a
touch of tobacco and cedar. The ripe black fruits and subtle oak follow through on
the palate, is beautifully framed by fine tannins through to an elegant finish.
Grape
Merlot 100%
Winemaker: Boela Gerber
Region: Western Cape
Subregion: Constantia
Country: South Africa
Alcohol: 14%

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