Beau Constantia Winery
The Winery Beau Constantia is situated on the hills of the mountain pass Constantia Nek, overlooking False Bay. The special feature of this location is the short distance to the sea, and thus the associated cooling of the vines by the fresh sea breeze. Due to the very high altitude of the vineyards, which are located 350 m above sea level on the Constantia mountain range, only 3-6 tons of wine per hectare are harvested by hand.
The very steep slopes of the vineyard enable the production of highly concentrated wines. This combination shapes the strong heritage character of Beau Constantia 's award-winning portfolio.
Address:1043 Constantia Main Rd, Constantia Cape Town, 7806, South Africa
Max & Moritz Favourite wine:Beau Constantia Pas de Nom Red 2019
Tasting Room:Tuesday to Sunday from 11:00 - 17:00
Winemaker: Megan van der Merwe
Megan van der Merwe is the youngest winemaker in the Constantia Valley. Besides the development of the wines, above anything, her heart beats for nature. For this reason, Megan believes that one should interfere as little as possible in the processes that take place from the vine to the wine. That is why Megan spends most of her time on site in the vineyards.
Megan van der Merwe began her career by studying viticulture and oenology at the university of Stellenbosch. Shortly after graduating in 2014, she started as an assistant Winemaker at Constantia Glen. There, she had her first contact with the wines of Beau Constantia. In the following years, she spent a lot of time chasing the sun around the world. In 2017, for example, she worked in Paso Robles in California and in 2018 in the Rhône Valley in the Chateauneuf du Pape region. Nevertheless, Megan travelled back to South Africa every year during the South African harvest so as not to miss the vintage at Constantia Glen.
As someone who loves to learn and grow, Megan was immediately ready to take over the reins at Beau Constantia. In 2019, her success story at Beau Constantia began with her first harvest of her own.
The Lucca 2018 from the winery Beau Constantia is a blend of almost equal parts of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The first impression is positively marked by an intense spicy flavor experience.
Lucca 2018 excites already in the nose with aromas of grapes and dark chocolate. This pleasure persists through the full character and unique flavor with aromas of dark fruit on the palate.
Composition of this cuvée:
53% Merlot, 37% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
Cuvées are among the most expensive wines in the world. Bordeaux wines from France or premium wines from the Rioja region in Spain are also among the most expensive wines. Cuvées. In addition, the best champagnes in the world are mostly cuvée champagnes, consisting of the following grape varieties Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier.
South Africa also produces excellent wines, mainly due to its historical ties to the French wine world . Cuvées are produced.
But what is a cuvée anyway?
Basically, cuvée means the blending of a wine from different grape varieties in a fermentation tank. The blending of grapes from different vine yards also leads to a wine being called a cuvée. There are basically two different times when different sites and grape varieties can be blended.
Some winegrowers already blend the grapes during pressing. As a result, the blended grapes ferment together in the fermentation tank. However, subsequent bl ending is used more frequently. Here, wines that have already fer mented are blended together in order to mature together during storage.
A suitable food pairing for the Lucca 2018 from the Beau Constantia winery can be achieved with beef or lamb dishes.
Shipping & Returns
|Land of cultivation||South Africa|
|Type of wine||Red wine|
|Grape variety||53% Merlot, 37% Cabernet Franc & 10% Cabernet Sauvignon|
|Alcohol content||14,75% Vol.|
|Taste||Dry, powerful & mineral with aromas of dark fruit and chocolate|
|Storage potential up to||2028|
|sugar content||2,5 g/l|
|Manufacturer||Beau Constantia, 1043 Constantia Main Rd, Constantia, Cape Town, 7806, South Africa|
|Placing on the market||M&M Wein- und Spirituosenhandel GmbH, Bad-Berneck-Str. 12, D-81549 Munich|
|COUNTRY||SERVICE PROVIDER||DELIVERY TIME||DELIVERY COSTS|
|Germany||DHL, UPS||1-3 working day(s)||6.90€ (Free above 120€)|
|Austria||UPS||1-3 working day(s)||14.90€ (Free above 300€)|
|Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Sweden||UPS||2-5 working day(s)||19,90€ (Free above 300€)|
|Switzerland||UPS||2-5 working day(s)||
Are calculated in the checkout
|Other European countries*
|UPS||2-5 working day(s)||34,90€ (Free above 300€)|
* Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Greece (without islands), Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain
** Customs duty (Switzerland) will be charged from 5l wine and/or 300€ value of goods. These will be calculated after placing the order. More details (see below).The WineStore is not responsible for delays caused by our shipping service providers.
Address for returns:
M&M Wein-und Spirituosenhandel GmbH
1.75 per kilo. 1 bottle with 0.75 l weighs approx. 1.5 kg (= 2.63 €).
The delivery takes place without calculation of the German value added tax of 19%. UPS pays duty and taxes on the wine and collects VAT and customs duties on delivery.
Switzerland - Shipping to German border countries
A cheaper and similarly expensive alternative is to have the wine delivered to German border countries and do the customs clearance yourself. You will then get back the German VAT, have a free volume of 5 litres per person and pay 2 CHF customs duty for each additional litre.
We also deliver free of charge within Germany starting at 120€ purchase value. Furthermore you don't have to coordinate with the parcel service and make sure that someone present as soon as the delivery arrives.
If you don't have the option of having the goods delivered to friends in the border countries, we can deliver the wine to a UPS Access Point to the border near your home. You don't need to register, there are no additional costs and you can collect your wines at the Acess Point within a certain time frame.
There are also various providers of parcel shops where you can have your package picked up for a small fee, e.g. SWISS-PAKET - with branches in Waldshut-Tiengen, Laufenburg, Weil am Rhein, Jestetten & Rheinfelden or EURORETOUR - with branches in Waldshut-Tiengen, Laufenburg, Weil am Rhein & Konstanz.
On request we will send you an export receipt which you can have stamped at customs and send back to us. We will then refund you the German VAT minus a handling fee of 12,00€.
Please note the opening hours of the customs offices! The customs offices usually close on Saturday at 13:00 and are closed on Sunday! For more information about opening hours and customs clearance please visit https://www.ezv.admin.ch.
For the customs declaration you just have to pull over at the border. You can pay with your EC card and pass the customs queue comfortably.
The officials are friendly and you can also get competent information by phone.
Please note that this form of reimbursement involves costs and effort. Therefore, we always deduct 12,00 € from the VAT amount to be refunded for these expenses.
Taxes, duties and charges in the EU
All taxes, duties and charges for Germany, Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Croatia, Luxembourg, Malta, Austria, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Czech Republic, Hungary, Cyprus (Greek part only) are included in our prices.
The following countries levy an excise duty on wine (as of May 2020): Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Great Britain, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands and Poland. Due to their transport within the EU internal market, postal items from countries of the European Union are regularly not handled by the customs administration. These items are therefore generally delivered directly to you without incurring import duties. This does not mean, however, that the goods are generally duty-free. Under certain conditions, postal items sent within the EU may also be checked. For this purpose, the customs authorities may have postal items opened and check whether they contain goods that are subject to excise duty or whether their import, transit or export violate legal prohibitions and restrictions. The secrecy of letters and mail is restricted in this respect. If they receive goods subject to excise duty, you are generally obliged to report this to the relevant customs office and, if necessary, to pay duties.
Due to legal regulations we only deliver to persons over 18 years of age. This can be checked by our forwarding agent. Therefore, please make sure that a person of full age can accept the delivery.