Groot Constantia Merlot Shiraz 2000

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Deep plum colour with bright crimson rim. Whiffs of coffee, chocolate, confectioned fruit and pepper aroma, with a touch of smokiness. Resulting in a soft full bodied taste with a long finish.
Serving suggestions: Steak, Oxtail, Beef Stew (potjie) Calf's Liver and Roast Duck

variety : Merlot [ 60% Merlot, 40% Shiraz ]
winemaker : Boela Gerber
wine of origin : Coastal
analysis : alc : 14.08 % vol  rs : 3.4 g/l  pH : 3.66  ta : 5.2 g/l  
type : Red  

in the vineyard : Climate: Mediterranean - Wonderful cool breezes coming from the Indian Ocean as well as the Atlantic Ocean. With an average rainfall of 1100 mm per annum. Although the weather this year was much cooler compared to last year.

Soil type: Avalon, Glenrosa, Clovelly

about the harvest: A blend of noble varietals, 60% Merlot and 40% Shiraz, picked at 24-25º Balling.

in the cellar : Grapes were fermented dry on the skins separately and there after aged in small French oak barrels, matured for 12 months in 2nd and 3rd fill barrels and then blended.

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