Groot Constantia Merlot 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 when fully ripe and fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel rototanks. Matured for 12 months in 225L oak barrels - 60% Nevers new oak and 40% in 2nd and 3rd fill barrels.
A fruity, medium-bodied Merlot with mulberry and vanilla flavours complemented by a slight hint of mocha and cinnamon and a soft lingering aftertaste.
Everyday Serving Suggestion
Leg of venison studded with bacon; pasta dishes or fine cheese.
Country / Region / Appellation
ZA / Constantia / Constantia Wine of Origin