Beau Constantia, Lucca 2019
The 2019 ‘Lucca’ will go down as one of Beau Constantia’s very best. The vintage was exceptional, and saw ideal conditions for producing healthy grapes and small concentrated berries.
It’s a blend of near parts Merlot and Cabernet Franc, harvested in the cool hours of the morning to retain freshness, from well-exposed North-East facing slopes. After natural fermentation on skins, the wine was matured in French Oak for 18 months.
Expect indulgent notes of plum, black cherry and vanilla. Savoury and herbaceous on the palate, with classic cool-climate acidity and freshness.
Bordeaux Blend, Red Blend
by Winemaker Megan van der Merwe
The 2019 harvest was an extremely challenging one with high degrees of uncertainty.
We hit a record low in production, going down by 40% in tonnages from the year prior, but we are confident about the quality of the vintage. Although we received enough rainfall during the growth season, we still felt the after-effects of the preceding four-year drought and our vines and soils have taken some time to recover.
During bud break and flowering we faced severe weather fluctuations, followed by cool windy conditions during fruit set. This lead to the vines producing fewer bunches and smaller berries – which ironically, in terms of quality, was a great thing, as the stressed vines were able to ripen their smaller crop load optimally. In addition to that, the smaller the berries, the higher the skin to juice ratio, and the greater the concentration of flavour. So, what to expect from our reds from this year: Elegance, Austerity, Incredible acid concentrations and insane tannins.
2019 was a pivotal year for Beau Constantia. Our terroir faced a massive shift in climate, and I was honoured enough to take over the entire winemaking process from ground to glass. Fearful? Be not. Change is the basic law of nature, and remaining in sync with our ever-changing environment is a way of life we find humbling, exciting and rewarding.
Cabernet Franc led for the first time, LUCCA 2019 is a blend of 53% Cabernet Franc clone CF214 and 47% Merlot clone MO343. Merlot clone MO348 has been removed from the blend in this particular year. That, as well as the dominating Cabernet Franc portion of the blend, has brought forward a vibrant, youthful wine with a certain portion of the blend, has brought forward a vibrant, youthful wine with a certain liveliness on the palate.
fermentation for both lots occurred naturally and the wine spent 25 days on the skins before being gravity drained and having skins basket pressed to barrel. The wine was inoculated for Malolactic fermentation, and post the secondary fermentation spent a further 18 months in 68% new French oak and 32% 2nd- to 3rd fill barrels.
Green, tangy and bright, the medium has managed to perfectly preserve the cooler 2019 growing season in Constantia and clears the sip with a stupendously fresh acidity. The nose of appealing cedar wood and black cherry is lifted by tart cranberry at the plunge of the palate. This mix of fresh fruit and spice is beautifully complimented by fine-boned tannins and the gritty salinity our Beau Constantia wines have become well-known
Bordeaux Blend, Red Blend
Roasted red peppers or spiced monkish.