Groot Constantia Constantia Pinotage 2018
£116.28 Price Per Case ( 6 Bottles )
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.
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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.
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.
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 soila 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.
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 pump-overs 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.
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.
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- Case Size
- 6 Bottles
- Western Cape