Beau Constantia Aidan


This blend of 49% Shiraz, 20% Petit Verdot, 18% Malbec and 13% Cabernet Sauvignon was carefully crafted from vineyards that produced perfectly ripe grapes on the sunny north-facing slopes of Beau Constantia. The grapes were hand harvested, gently destemmed and berry-sorted before being batch vinified in small fermentation vessels, where extraction during alcoholic fermentation was facilitated by means of temperate punch downs. A relatively short maceration of the grape skins (15 days) has led to a new-world style, ripe and fruit-forward red blend whilst retaining great complexity. The wine was matured in 225 litre French oak barrels (35% new, 35% second fill and 30% third fill) for 18 months before bottling.



At first impression of the AIDAN 2015, a dark, almost opaque wine which meets the senses with a rich bouquet of ripe, dark fruit – true to its modern approach. With another swirl, beyond the plush aromas of black cherries you will find yourself truly intrigued by what seems to be a soft lace of violet and lavender, fittingly rounded by the Syrah-derived white pepper and plum. From this intriguing nose this complex wine follows through with huge flavour concentration onto the palate. This full-bodied wine presents bold, yet polished, palate-gripping tannins that unwind into a long, persistent and well defined peppery finish. The balance of rich texture and the integrated minerality gives this bold wine vibrancy, making it the perfect fit for Aidan.




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