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Groot Constantia Gouverneurs Reserve 2016 (1x75cl)

Country: South Africa
Region: Western Cape
Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon | Cabernet Franc | Merlot | Petit Verdot
Vegan: Yes
Bottle Size: 75cl
ABV: 14.0%
Product Code: SAWC0126B16S
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Awarded 92 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter ( in their April 2020 edition expert tasting of Global Bordeaux blends (see blue link below).

Groot Constantia Gouverneurs Reserve 2016 - April 2020 Decanter review

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 vineyards are located on the steep valley on the eastern side of Table Mountain. 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 soils are predominantly Clovelly and Glenrosa- a gravelly soil with low fertility. The climate, combined with the cool southern slopes and deep mountain soils provide the ideal setting for the making of this top-quality wine.

A dry autumn and winter set the scene with enough cold weather during July, which was crucial for budding. Budding was early, but even; as was flowering and fruit set. Persistent south easterly winds, especially during December and January, were marked during the 2016 vintage. The winds and warm, dry conditions resulted in healthy fruit with reduced disease pressure and one of the earliest harvests in decades. Ripe, concentrated good quality fruit has translated into excellent wines.

The selected grapes were harvested once they had reached the desired maturity levels and were picked at 24 to 25° Balling. The grapes were treated delicately in the cellar and during the first half of fermentation the wine was pumped over four times per day, in order to oxygenate the wine. Post- fermentation extended maceration lasted approximately four weeks. The wine was matured for 14 months in 225 litre French oak barrels, of which 73% were new, 9% second-fill, 18% third-fill.

Cabernet Sauvignon 64%, Cabernet Franc 17%, Merlot 11% and Petit Verdot 8%

Ripe rich flavours of blackcurrant with hints of chocolate mint and green pepper enveloped in a restrained elegant style. Very fine Bordeaux blend from this historic estate in South Africa. Groot Constantia’s flagship red shows beautiful complexity on the nose, with ripe, rich flavours of blackcurrant, blueberries and graphite, supported by hints of vanilla and cinnamon. The black fruit and sweet spice follow through to the palate and the firm structure promises excellent ageing potential. 

ABV = 14.0%.