Beau Constantia
Lucca
2018

R2,280.00

R380.00 per bottle
W.O. Constantia

91 in stock

The first impression is an intensely savoury offering accented by herbaceous flora, unwinding into the ripe, layered fruit that will mark wines from this vintage. Though still nervous and restrained, the vintage provided brilliant weight and concentration to effortlessly carry her 68% new oak profile. She’sdense, firm and focused in structure, with insane grip and our classic, wickedly fresh, cool climate acidity.

Additional information

Weight 1.25 kg
Dimensions 7 × 7 × 26 cm

Tasting Notes

The first impression is an intensely savoury offering accented by herbaceous flora, unwinding into the ripe, layered fruit that will mark wines from this vintage. Though still nervous and restrained, the vintage provided brilliant weight and concentration to effortlessly carry her 68% new oak profile. She’sdense, firm and focused in structure, with insane grip and our classic, wickedly fresh, cool climate acidity.

Winemaking

The 2017 vintage was exceptional. The preceding growth season saw winter arriving slightly late, though providing enough cold units to break dormancy. A timely Spring and a warmer-than-usual August induced early, even bud bursting our earlier varieties. A cool September had the later varieties hang back, where budburst followed the usual cycle. October and November brought large diurnal shifts with cool nights and warmer, drier, days – greatly beneficial for flowering and berry sets.

The dry season resulted in healthy vineyards with low disease pressure and very little risk for rot. Furthermore, dry conditions resulted in healthy grapes and small, concentrated berries. Substantial variation between night and day temperatures during ripening promoted colour and flavour formation, whilstallowing grapes to preserve higher levels of acidity. Harvest kicked off ontime. Though a dry season, the average temperatures during the 2017harvest period were lower than usual, allowing for the grapes to ripen more slowly and benefit from the longer hang time in the vineyard. Exceptional stuff.

Winemaker's Note

Lucca 2017 will be one of our best vintages produced to date. She’s a blend of nearly equal parts Merlot and Cabernet Franc, led by 52% Merlot cloneMO343. The vineyard blocks that contribute to this blend grow in the middle of the well-exposed North-East facing slopes on Beau Constantia. The grapes were hand-harvested in the cold, early-morning hours, meticulouslysorted and batch vinified. After natural fermentation on the skins, the winehas matured in 225L French oak barrels (68% new, 32% second fill) for 18months prior to bottling.

The first impression is an intensely savoury offering accented by herbaceous flora, unwinding into the ripe, layered fruit that will mark wines from this vintage. Though still nervous and restrained, the vintage provided brilliant weight and concentration to effortlessly carry her 68% new oak profile. She’sdense, firm and focused in structure, with insane grip and our classic,wickedly fresh, cool climate acidity.

Wine Origin

Constantia

Technical Analysis

alc rs pH ta Va
14.61% 2,3 g/L 3.60 5.2 g/L 0.62 g/L

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