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Platter Review: 4*
From historic South African winery Groot Constantia comes the classically-styled Rood. This red blend is a meticulous mix of cultivars that gives rise to a wine with noticeable sweet strawberry jam and red cherry aromas on the nose rounded out by toasted oak and spice. Succulent flavours of ripe fruit show on the palate, including plums and black cherries, with added chocolate. The tannins are rounded and well incorporated, and the finish is pleasingly persistent. While drinking excellently now, it will develop further over the next 8 years from vintage. The wine shows beautiful fruit intensity on the palate and the fine 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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