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Groot Constantia Blanc de Noir Constantia 2018
£68.62 Price Per Case ( 6 Bottles )
Country - South Africa
Region - Western Cape
Grape Varieties - Merlot 60%, Cabernet Sauvignon 40%
Alcohol by volume - 12.5%
Bottle - 75cl
Producer - Groot Constantia
Tasting notes - This blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon with its delicate salmon colour shows an abundance of fresh summer fruits on the nose of pear, strawberry and cranberry. The fruit follows on the palate and the crisp acidity leaves a clean finish.
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A delicate pale salmon colour with a spicy flavour of strawberry and cranberry fruit through to a fresh and leafy finish
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.
Dry conditions throughout the growing season and during the harvest of 2017 resulted in very good quality potential across the Western Cape. Many regions experienced drought conditions, which resulted in reduced yields, but offered greater concentration of colour and flavour as a result.
This wine comes from various blocks that vary between 48 and 148 metres above sea-level, on slopes that 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. The soils are predominantly Hutton 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.
The Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were picked between 20 to 23 degrees Balling and were then cold-fermented at 12 to 15°C in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. Following the fermentation, the wine was left on the lees for six weeks, adding texture and complexity. It was then racked, fined and stabilised in preparation for bottling.
This blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon with its delicate salmon colour shows an abundance of fresh summer fruits on the nose of honeydew melon, strawberry and blackcurrant. The fruit follows onto the beautifully balanced palate with a fresh finish.
Serve chilled as an apéritif or to accompany smoked chicken salad with fresh coconut.
Merlot 55%, Cabernet Sauvignon 45%
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- Case Size
- 6 Bottles
- Western Cape