Groot Constantia Grand Constance Muscat - 2008
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 between 60-280 metres above sea level. The climate is generally cool, resulting in complex and balanced wines.
The Muscat grapes are left on the vine until raisined in order to concentrate the sugars. After harvest the juice is barrel-fermented and then matured in old French oak barrels for 18 months.
A complex, concentrated wine with typical sweet Muscat notes of walnuts, baked raisins and honey. A superb and richly flavoured dessert wine.