Groot Constantia Pinotage Constantia 2016


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Country - South Africa

Region - Western Cape

Grape Varieties - Pinotage 100%

Alcohol by volume - 14%

Bottle - 75cl

Producer - Groot Constantia

Tasting notes - Aromas of red cherries, strawberries and ripe plums dominate the nose of the 2016 Pinotage, while careful use of French oak adds layers of sweet vanilla and cedar notes. The ripe red fruit and sweet vanilla continue on the palate, with fresh acidity adding elegance and the ripe tannins promising good ageing potential.

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Intense aromas of red 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 a height of 60 - 280 metres above sea
level. The climate is generally cool resulting in complex and balanced wines.
Vintage
A dry autumn and winter set the scene with enough cold weather during July, which
was crucial for budding. Budding was early, but even; as was flowering and fruit set.
Good signs for the véraison and even ripening that followed. Persistent south easterly
winds, especially during December and January, marked the 2016 vintage. The
winds and warm, dry conditions resulted in healthy fruit with reduced disease
pressure and one of the earliest harvests in decades. Ripe, concentrated, good
quality fruit has translated into excellent wines.
Vineyard
The vineyards are tucked in 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 area is
blessed with a maritime climate due to the proximity of the oceans and an average
annual rainfall of approximately 1,100mm per annum. The soils are predominantly
Cartref 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 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 the fermentation four
pump overs a day took place to encourage maximum extraction. The wine then
spent 12 months in French oak, of which 43% was new French oak barrels, with the
balance aged in second, third and fourth fill barrels.
Tasting Note
Aromas of red cherries, strawberries and ripe plums dominate the nose of the 2016
Pinotage, while careful use of French oak adds layers of sweet vanilla and cedar
notes. The ripe red fruit and sweet vanilla continue on the palate, with fresh acidity
adding elegance and the ripe tannins promising good ageing potential.
Serving Suggestion
Enjoy this wine with a rich and hearty beef casserole, a juicy steak or slow-roasted
leg of lamb.
Grape
Pinotage 100%

5557616A
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Data sheet

Vintage
2016
Bottle Size
75cl
Case Size
6 Bottles
Region
Western Cape

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Groot Constantia Pinotage Constantia 2016

Country - South Africa

Region - Western Cape

Grape Varieties - Pinotage 100%

Alcohol by volume - 14%

Bottle - 75cl

Producer - Groot Constantia

Tasting notes - Aromas of red cherries, strawberries and ripe plums dominate the nose of the 2016 Pinotage, while careful use of French oak adds layers of sweet vanilla and cedar notes. The ripe red fruit and sweet vanilla continue on the palate, with fresh acidity adding elegance and the ripe tannins promising good ageing potential.

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