An unexpected tasting at Groot Constantia and I finally did the winery tour.
It’s not one of my regular wine tasting haunts, though I love going for walks on the property. So it was fun playing tourist in my own hood!
A pretty salmon pink colour cascades into a nose of red fruits (strawberry, raspberry, cranberry) and florals (jasmine blossoms). A fine mousse of citrus, red fruits and melon on the palate. Fresh acidity and a surprisingly dry finish considering the healthy 8.5g/l residual sugar.
Viti + Vini:
Amusingly it’s another majority Pinotage (63%), Pinot Noir (20%) and Chardonnay (17%). Picked slightly earlier by hand (no machinery, they operate organically but aren’t certified). 2nd fermentation in bottle, 18 months on the lees and hand riddled.
So you already know that Groot Constantia is the oldest wine farm in SA and the Southern Hemisphere. I just learned that Simon van der Stel was a qualifier winemaker before he started his adventures in the Cape. The farm is no longer privately owned, but now government owned and run by the Groot Constantia Trust, a Non Profit Company.