Groot Constantia Gouverneurs Reserve 2016

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Platter Review: 4.5* (94 points)

This flagship red blend shows beautiful complexity on the nose. Blackcurrant, blueberries and graphite flavours are supported by cinnamon and vanilla on the nose. The black fruit and sweet spice follows on the palate, and a firm tannin structure promises good ageing potential. This blend consists of Cabernet Sauvignon 39%, Cabernet Franc 32%, Merlot 23%, Petit Verdot 6%

Food Pairing 
Braised Lamb Shoulder with Fennel and Orange or Chipotle Grilled Filet Mignon in Mango Salsa with 4 Cheese Risotto.

The Estate 
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.

Alcohol 14.2%