Groot Constantia Constantia Merlot 2016
£112.22 Price Per Case ( 6 Bottles )
Country - South Africa
Region - Western Cape
Grape Varieties - Merlot 100%
Alcohol by volume - 14%
Bottle - 75cl
Producer - Groot Constantia
Tasting notes - The 2016 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.
Silver, IWSC , 2018
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Mulberry and vanilla flavours complemented by a slight hint of mocha and chocolate. Packs a punch of flavour.
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.
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, were marked during 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.
The vineyards are tucked in 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 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. The soils are Clovelly 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 production of this top quality wine.
The grapes were picked when fully ripe and fermented 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 matured for 18 months in 225 litre barrels of which 61% was new French oak 10% was second passage and 29% was third passage barrels.
The 2016 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. Serving Suggestion
Leg of venison studded with bacon; pasta dishes or fine cheese.
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- Case Size
- 6 Bottles
- Western Cape
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