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Groot Constantia Pinotage 2010

Winemaker's Notes:

The heritage of Groot Constantia would be incomplete without regarding its setting. As important as the product of the grape is the beauty and significance of the architecture. The priceless Manor House and the buildings grouped around it are unequalled examples of Cape Dutch architecture both in majesty and simplicity. The collection of artefacts, including furniture and pieces of art, reflects the rich cultural tradition of the Cape. Today the estate is owned by the Groot Constantia Trust that is committed to building upon the foundations of this South Africas oldest and best known estate. It is one of South Africas most visited tourist attractions. The story of Groot Constantia goes back to 1685 when Simon van der Stel, later governor of the cape, was granted land for a farm on the Eastern side of Table Mountain which he named Constantia. After several changes of ownership, it was sold to the Cloete family in 1778 and held by them for 5 generations until 1885. They were forced to sell owing to the vine disease phylloxera that ravaged the vineyards and it then became the property of the Cape government. The total estate covers 165 hectares of which 87 hectares are currently planted, at a height of 60-280 metres above sea level. The type of climate is generally cool resulting in complex and balanced wines.

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External Reviews for Groot Constantia Pinotage

External Review
Source: Great Wines Direct
11/07/2012

Best S/A Producer - Classic Wine Trophy Show 2011


External Review
Source: Great Wines Direct
11/07/2012

GOLD Medal - Classic Wine Trophy Show 2011


External Review
Source: Great Wines Direct
11/07/2012

Aromas of confected red cherries and dark chocolate, with hints of coffee and toasty oak. GOLD Medal - Classic Wine Trophy Show 2011 Best S/A Producer - Classic Wine Trophy Show 2011 The story of Groot Constantia goes back to 1685 when Simon van der Stel, later governor of the cape, was granted land for a farm on the Eastern side of Table Mountain which he named Constantia. After several changes of ownership, it was sold to the Cloete family in 1778 and held by them for 5 generations until 1885. They were forced to sell owing to the vine disease phylloxera that ravaged the vineyards and it then became the property of the Cape government. The total estate covers 165 hectares of which 87 hectares are currently planted, at a height of 60-280 metres above sea level. The type of climate is generally cool resulting in complex and balanced wines. Their winemaker, Boela Gerber, was recently awarded the Trophy for ‘Diners Club Young Winemaker of the Year’. Grapes : 100% Pinotage Region: South Africa / Constantia Maker : Boela Gerber Notes : A full bodied style with an intense colour and prominent varietal aromas. Aromas of confected red cherries and dark chocolate, with hints of coffee and toasty oak. Good fruit concentration on the palate. The sweet red fruit flavours are well balanced by ripe yet firm tannin. Serve : Rich and hearty beef casserole. Springbok with peppercorn sauce. Slow-roasted leg of lamb. ABV : 14.5%



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A wine to make South Africa proud of its unique variety. A full bodied style with an intense colour and prominent varietal aromas. Aromas of confected red cherries and dark chocolate, with hints of coffee and toasty oak. Good fruit concentration on the palate. The sweet red fruit flavours are well balanced by ripe yet firm tannin. To ensure the complexity and quality of this wine, it has not been stabilized or filtered

The heritage of Groot Constantia would be incomplete without regarding its setting. As important as the product of the grape is the beauty and significance of the architecture. The priceless Manor House and the buildings grouped around it are unequalled examples of Cape Dutch architecture both in majesty and simplicity. The collection of artefacts, including furniture and pieces of art, reflects the rich cultural tradition of the Cape. Today the estate is owned by the Groot Constantia Trust that is committed to building upon the foundations of this South Africas oldest and best known estate. It is one of South Africas most visited tourist attractions. The story of Groot Constantia goes back to 1685 when Simon van der Stel, later governor of the cape, was granted land for a farm on the Eastern side of Table Mountain which he named Constantia. After several changes of ownership, it was sold to the Cloete family in 1778 and held by them for 5 generations until 1885. They were forced to sell owing to the vine disease phylloxera that ravaged the vineyards and it then became the property of the Cape government. The total estate covers 165 hectares of which 87 hectares are currently planted, at a height of 60-280 metres above sea level. The type of climate is generally cool resulting in complex and balanced wines.

Closure: Cork

Aged 12 months in French Oak.

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14% pH: 3.68
Sugar: 2.7 grams per liter Total Acidity: 5.90 grams per liter

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