Groot Constantia Shiraz 2017
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 on 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.
The grapes were picked at 24C balling and fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel rototanks for 8 days. Aged for 6months in 300L oak barrels 75% America oak and 25% French oak.
Wafts of smoky and peppery aromas, with delicate hints of dark chocolate and black cherry. The wine has a wonderful lingering complexity with clean wood spice.
Everyday Serving Suggestion
This wine has the intensity to match rich flavours and accompanies lamb, pan-fried steak, creamy and meat pasta dishes, along with mature cheeses.
Country / Region / Appellation
ZA / Constantia / Constantia Wine of Origin