Delicious ripe tropical fruit and peaches and a dash of green peppers with a touch of lime
The story of Groot Constantia goes back to 1685 when Simon van der Stel, later governor of the cape, was granted land for a farm on the Eastern side of Table Mountain which he named Constantia. After several changes of ownership, it was sold to the Cloete family in 1778 and held by them for 5 generations until 1885.
They were forced to sell owing to the vine disease phylloxera that ravaged the vineyards and it then became the property of the Cape government. The total estate covers 165 hectares of which 87 hectares are currently planted, at a height of 60-280 metres above sea level. The type of climate is generally cool resulting in complex and balanced wines.
Their winemaker, Boela Gerber, was recently awarded the Trophy for ‘Diners Club Young Winemaker of the Year’.
Grapes: 55% Semillon and 45% Sauvignon Blanc
Region: South Africa / Constantia
Maker: Boela Gerber
Notes: Delicious ripe tropical fruit and peaches and a dash of green peppers with a touch of lime. It has a rich fruitiness and firm acidity which adds to an extended aftertaste and dry finish to the white wine.
Serve: Summer salad, smoked chicken breast, orange and avocado. Roast chicken and crushed garlic potatoes.