Groot Constantia Constantia Pinotage 2019

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Groot Constantia Constantia Pinotage 2019

Country - South Africa

Region - Western Cape

Grape Varieties - Pinotage 100%

Alcohol by volume - 14%

Bottle - 75cl

Producer - Groot Constantia

Tasting notes - Aromas of ripe strawberry and raspberry combine with black cherry and plum while delicate use of French oak adds a hint of cacao. The bold, ripe fruit flavours follow on the palate and the fine tannin structure ensures a long, elegant finish.

Groot Constantia Constantia Pinotage 2019

Intense aromas of black cherries and dark chocolate,
with hints of herbs and smoky bacon through to a warm
and spicy 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
The cold and wet winter brought much needed relief for the Western Cape. A few
warm days in winter caused uneven budding, uneven flowering and eventually uneven
ripening. The uneven ripening was addressed by careful green harvesting in January to
remove all the uneven bunches. Spring 2019 brought relatively cool weather with some
rain and high winds and these windy conditions during the spring were likely to have
contributed to a smaller crop. Rainfall in January reduced the pressure of any possible
water supply issues during the summer months. February continued to be cool and dry,
providing perfect ripening and picking conditions.
Vineyard
The vineyards are located on the steep valley on the eastern side of Table Mountain.
The grapes for this wine were grown in various blocks that range from 39 metres to 160
metres above sea level. All the slopes are south to south east facing. The climate is
Mediterranean with cooling breezes from the Atlantic Ocean encouraging balance
and complexity in the grapes. The average rainfall is approximately 1,100mm per
annum, which nourishes the predominantly Cartref and Glenrosa soil- 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 this top quality wine.
Winemaking
The grapes were harvested in at 26° Balling and fermented on their skins, imparting
colour, flavour and fine tannins, until the wine was dry. During fermentation four pumpovers per day took place to encourage maximum extraction. The wine then spent 12
months in French oak barrels, of which 40% was new oak, with 20% in second, 20% in
third and 20% in fourth fill barrels.
Tasting Note
Aromas of ripe strawberry and raspberry combine with black cherry and plum while
delicate use of French oak adds a hint of cacao. The bold, ripe fruit flavours follow on
the palate and the fine tannin structure ensures a long, elegant finish.
Grape
Pinotage 100%
Winemaker: Boela Gerber
Region: Western Cape
Subregion: Constantia
Country: South Africa
Alcohol: 14%

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