Groot Constantia Constantia Shiraz 2018

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Groot Constantia Constantia Shiraz 2018

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 2018

Smooth, earthy and savoury 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
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 climate is Mediterranean with cooling breezes from the Atlantic Ocean. The
average maximum temperature in the summer is 26˚C, with an average night-time low
in winter of 8˚C, which encourages good aromatic complexity and balancing natural
freshness from the cooler evenings. The average rainfall is approximately 1,100 mm per
annum. The soils types vary from yellow-brown clay soil to red-brown loamy soil, both
from granitic origin. The vines are cultivated sustainably; pest control takes place
biologically, and soil health and weed control are managed by a selected mix of
winter cover crops. 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 postfermentation 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 brambly fruit, liquorice, black pepper and subtle
liquorice undertones. Spicy and elegant, with beautiful intensity on the palate and firm
tannins promising good ageing potential.
Grape
Shiraz 100%
Winemaker: Boela Gerber
Region: Western Cape
Subregion: Constantia
Country: South Africa
Alcohol: 14%

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