Groot Constantia Gouverners Reserve Red 2018
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.
Each varietal was fermented separately in stainless steel tanks with extended maturation on skins lasting 7-9 days. The wine was blended and aged in 225L new French oak medium toasted barrels for 14 months.
An elegant wine with good concentration of red berried fruit with cedar, peppery flavours and a long finish.
Everyday Serving Suggestion
The perfect accompaniment to a roast leg of Springbok studded with bacon or a juicy, rare roasted beef with a chunky Yorkshire pudding.
Bronze (IWSC 2010)
Country / Region / Appellation
ZA / Constantia / Constantia Wine of Origin