Groot Constantia

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Wine producers in South Africa have been making wine since the first European vines arrived in the 1650s on Dutch settlers’ hands. Groot Constantia played a leading role in the country’s vinous history — it’s the oldest estate in South Africa.

Simon Van der Stel, governor of then the Cape of Good Hope, founded the Constantia Estate in 1679 and gained recognition as a source of fine wine in all the courts of Europe. The original estate was divided into Groot Constantia and Klein Constantia, and the two are well-respected wineries to this day.

The region of Constantia is 18 kilometres south of Cape Town. The wine country has immense historical importance, but it’s also blessed with the perfect climate to grow premium grapes. Creeping up the Constantiaberg Mountains to altitudes of up to 1300ft (400m). The stretch of land receives the cold breeze from False Bay, and the slopes can be pretty steep.

The elevation and the fresh Oceanic breeze guarantee ideal acidity levels in the grapes, which become refreshing wine beautifully balanced between alcoholic warmth and freshness. The soils are well-drained, which causes the vine’s roots to dig deep for nourishment — all the elements for quality winemaking are here.

The most memorable wine in Groot Constantia’s repertoire is the famous Grand Constance. A squat bottle of sweet Constantia wine made in the same style that made the region famous centuries ago.

Modern dry wines are superb, too. From bold and spicy Shiraz to round juicy Merlot, and from herbal, fruit-forward Sauvignon Blanc to the country’s flagship grape Pinotage, Groot Constantia makes wine for all palates and occasions. The quality is over-all high — Groot Constantia guarantees a good time.

Leading the way for an ever-growing South African winemaking community, Groot Constantia is the country’s past, present and future.

15.59£

Aromas of ripe passion fruit and melon are complemented by subtle herbal and asparagus undertones. Refreshing, with a zippy acidity and beautiful intensity that delivers a long finish.

31.58£

Groot Constantia’s flagship red shows beautiful complexity on the nose, with ripe, rich flavours of blackcurrant, dark chocolate and graphite, supported by notes of cinnamon and cedar wood from the generous use of new oak. The black fruit and sweet spice follow through to the palate and the firm structure promises excellent ageing potential.

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19.43£

Aromas of ripe strawberry and raspberry combine with black cherry and plum while delicate use of French oak adds a hint of cacao. The bold, ripe fruit flavours follow on the palate and the fine tannin structure ensures a long, elegant finish.

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19.20£

Savoury notes are supported by liquorice and black pepper, as well as ripe plums and a hint of smoke. The wine shows beautiful intensity on the palate. The natural acidity adds freshness to the wine, and tannins are soft and approachable.

20.25£

This is a rich and ripe Merlot delivering aromas of sun ripened plum, mocha and dark chocolate enveloped in delicate hints of oak spice, tobacco and cinnamon. The palate of ripe black fruits and subtle oak is framed by firm tannins through to a lingering finish.

44.38£

White Muscat is complemented by with a small percentage of red Muscat, giving a beautiful amber colour. This legendary sweet wine delivers opulent aromas of caramel, toffee and notes of dried fruit. The caramel and dried fruit follow through onto the palate which is beautifully balanced by a natural acidity leaving a very moreish finish.