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Secondary Notes: Brioche/Caramel
Dryness: Very Sweet
Acidity: Medium +
Origin & Awards
Origin: Cape Town, South Africa
Grape: Muscat (Moscato)
Fermentation: Biodynamic Heavy Wood
Serving Temperature: Best served between 14–16 degrees
Asian Food Pairing:
Western Food Pairing: Pair with desserts, paté, prawn linguine, rib-eye steak, Comté and cheddar cheese with crackers and balsamic nuts
Groot Constantia Grand Constance 2017
A long ripening period ensured that the sweet berries had adequate sunlight to produce the golden nectar. Grapes were fermented on the skins for about 1 week then pressed. After fermentation the wines were racked and put back into barrels to mature for another 24 months.
Deep straw, nearly amber colour. This legendary sweet wine shows honey, apricot, pineapple and Turkish delight on the nose. The sweet dried fruit follows on the palate. The natural acidity balances the sweetness of the wine, leaving a very moreish finish.
For a perfect complement to your final dish, serve slightly chilled (between 12°C and 14°C). Let your dish be your guide: Pair with chocolate, dried fruits, nuts and a wide variety of both hard and soft cheese, great with fruit-based puddings such as lemon tart, pavlova and fruit-topped cheesecakes.
Housed in an exquisite wooden box and with this unique history, this is a perfect wine for gifting.
Both the 2012 and 2013 Grand Constance have walked away with a top award from the “Monde Selection International Wine Contest” in Brussels. This Monde judging panel, which is made up of over 70 totally independent judges consisting of Michelin starred chefs and master sommeliers, amongst other experts, judged wines from 26 different countries. The Gold Award that was presented by the Monde judges to Groot Constantia’s Grand Constance is issued to those products that obtain an average result of between 80% and 89% – meaning an indisputable guarantee of quality to the consumer.
Adding to this success, the 2013 Grand Constance was also selected as one of the Top 100 SA Wines in 2016, and also named as best in its class. The 2013 Grand Constance continued to rake in the awards with the highest possible accolade at the Decanter Asia Wine Awards. Surpassing Gold, Grand Constance received Platinum for being the Best South African Sweet Wine – achieving a rare 98 points out of a possible 100, and being classed as “exceptional”. The Grand Constance 2014 was awarded a Gold Medal and a position in the Top 10 Muscats in the World list at the 17th annual Muscats du Monde wine competition.
A little history
In 2004, Groot Constantia received another significant endorsement when an American citizen picked up a piece of glass on the beach at Lewes, Delaware on the east coast of America.
The piece of glass, which was found among other porcelain items, had the inscription “Constantia Wyn” on it. American historians traced this artifact to a British supply ship named the Severn that sank in the Delaware Bay in 1774 after being hit by a storm. The wreckage was only discovered in 2004.
Unfortunately, the bottle of Groot Constantia wine was broken during the storm and except for the engraved inscription, the bottle offered no other clue as to what had been inside. It was probably one of the sweet wines that Constantia was known for at that time.
To commemorate this discovery, the Grand
Constance wine bottle carries a replica of the
inscription on the glass artifact found on the
beach at Lewes. The Grand Constance is a
continuation of the wine made during the 1700
and 1800’s that made Groot Constantia world
The accolades received by the Grand Constance
wine affirm that the Groot Constantia Wine
Estate is living up to the vision of our founder,
Simon van der Stel, and upholding his legacy.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES