Predominantly white Muscat with a small percentage red Muscat give the wine a beautiful amber colour. The nose reminds of caramel, honey and toffee with a hint of Turkish Delight. The caramel and toffee follows on the palate, and a hint of bitter almonds and fresh acidity leave a more-ish finish.
The renowned Groot Constantia Grand Constance is South Africa’s oldest wine and is the finest example of the famous “Constantia Wyn” as drunk by Emporers and Kings, from Frederick the Great of Prussia to Louis Phillipe (King of the French) all vied for their share. Charles Dickens celebrated it in Edwin Drood, Jane Austen's character recommended it as a cure for a broken heart to heroine Marianne Dashwood in Sense and Sensibility and Charles Baudelaire compared Constantia wine to his lover‘s lips in his most famous volume of poems, Les Fleurs du Mal. Napoleon was allowed to drink wine made at Groot Constantia whilst exiled on the island of Saint Helena from 1815 until his death in May 1821.
For a perfect complement to your final dish, serve slightly chilled (between 12°C and 14°C). Let your dish be your guide: A dessert wine should always be sweeter than the food that is being served to spark a pleasing contrast. Pair with chocolate, dried fruits, nuts and a wide variety of both hard and soft cheese, great with fruit- based puddings such as lemon tart, pavlova and fruit- topped cheesecakes.
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. 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.
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