Platter Review: 4*
2018 Michelangelo International Wine Awards 2020 Gold
From historic South African winery Groot Constantia comes the classically-styled Rood. The nose of this blended red wine shows a bouquet of complexity, from dark chocolate and mocha coffee to dark fruit like ripe plums and red fruit like cranberries and red cherries. The wine has subtle spicy flavours and 15 months ageing in French oak barrels add a touch of cedarwood and cinnamon flavour to the wine. The flavours follow on the palate of this elegant styled wine, and the firm tannins promise good ageing potential.
Pinotage 34%; Merlot 30%; Shiraz 18%; Cabernet Franc 14%; Petit Verdot 1%; Cabernet Sauvignon 1%; Tannat 1%; Grenache 1%
Garlic Saikoro Steak or Roast chicken & cranberry Wellington. Pizza, pasta, burgers even a slow-cooked rack of lamb.
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.
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