This legendary sweet wine delights with aromas of caramel, toffee and Turkish delight. The natural acidity beautifully balances the sweetness of the wine, leaving a very elegant and persistent 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.
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. The vines are grown in Cartref, Longlands and Kroonstad soils.
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 nectar. The grapes were fermented on the skins for approximately one week and then pressed. After fermentation the wines were racked and put into barrels to mature for 24 months. Made from predominantly white Muscat with a small percentage of red Muscat, which imparts the distinctive amber colour
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.
This is the perfect wine to have after a meal, with creamy cheeses and rich pâtés.
Winemaker: Boela Gerber
Region: Western Cape
Sub region: Constantia
Country: South Africa
Dry/Sweet value: 7 (1 is dry, 7 is very sweet)
Residual Sugar: 179.9
Contains Sulphites: Yes
Formats Available: 75cl
Closure: Natural Cork