Groot Constantia Grand Constance Constantia 2017

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Groot Constantia Grand Constance Constantia 2017

Country - South Africa

Region - Western Cape

Grape Varieties - Muscat 100%

Alcohol by volume - 13%

Bottle - 37.5cl

Producer - Groot Constantia

Tasting notes - White Muscat is complemented by with a small percentage of red Muscat, giving a beautiful amber colour. This legendary sweet wine delivers opulent aromas of caramel, toffee and a hint of Turkish Delight. The delicious notes of caramel and toffee follow through onto the palate with a hint of bitter almonds, beautifully balanced by a natural acidity leaving a very moreish finish.

 

Groot Constantia Grand Constance Constantia 2017

This legendary sweet wine delights with aromas of
caramel, toffee and dried fruit. The natural acidity
beautifully balances the sweetness of the wine, leaving a
very elegant and persistent 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
2017 will be remembered for its dry conditions throughout the growing season and
during the harvest which resulted in very good quality. Winter was dry, followed by a
cool spring with very little rain. This continued into early summer which was dry and
windy. 30 milllimetres of rain fell in January, which provided some relief, however little
more fell until the end of the harvest. The benefit of the dry, windy conditions was that
the vineyard remained healthy. Although it was dry, it was not excessively hot and the
temperatures cooled down over night, enabling the fruit to build excellent flavour and
colour concentration.
Vineyard
The Muscat grapes are grown in a vineyard block right next to the famous Manor
House, which is situated at 80 to 90 metres above sea level. The low-yielding vines are
planted on a south east facing slope. 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. Soils vary from red-brown
loamy soil from granitic origin to duplex soil with coarse, sandy topsoil on partially
decomposed granites. The vineyard is cultivated sustainably; pest control takes place
biologically, and soil health and weed control are managed by a selected mix of
winter cover crops.
Winemaking
Patience is a virtue when producing a wine with nectar so sweet. The semi-sun dried
Muscat d'Frontignan bunches were harvested at the beginning to middle of April, after
a long ripening period to ensure that the sweet berries had adequate sunlight to
produce the golden juice. The grapes were fermented with selected yeasts on the skins
for approximately one week and then pressed. After fermentation the wines were
racked and transferred into barrels to mature for 24 months. This cuvée is made from
predominantly white Muscat with a small percentage of red Muscat, which imparts the
distinctive amber colour.
Tasting Note
White Muscat is complemented by with a small percentage of red Muscat, giving a
beautiful amber colour. This legendary sweet wine delivers opulent aromas of caramel,
honey and notes of crushed pineapple, apricot and raisins. The honey and dried fruit
follow through onto the palate which is beautifully balanced by a natural acidity
leaving a very elegant and persistent finish.
Grape
Winemaker: Boela Gerber
Region: Western Cape
Subregion: Constantia
Country: South Africa
Alcohol: 12%

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