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Sandrone Nebbiolo d’Alba Valmaggiore 2009

Last night a six-course dinner cooked by Peter Tempelhoff of the Cellars-Hohenort Hotel in Constantia to mark the start of the fourth annual Constantia Fresh festival. With each dish, a Constantia wine up against one or two international wines. And so, for instance, an intricate and beautifully plated yellowtail, octopus and oyster dish, three examples [...]

March 2, 2013
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Eagles’ Nest Verreaux 2008

Eagles’s Nest , a relatively new winery in Constantia, has done so well with its Shiraz that I’ve tended to overlook its other offerings. During dinner on Friday night at the Cellars-Hohenort Hotel’s The Greenhouse Restaurant to mark the start of the third annual Constantia Fresh festival, the 2008 vintage of the property’s Bordeaux style [...]

February 29, 2012
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J.L. Chave Hermitage 2007

So Constantia Bordeaux-style red blends can hold their own against some pretty stiff competition from the rest of the world (see yesterday’s post). But what of Constantia Shiraz? There’s growing excitement about the potential of relatively cool-climate sites to make wines of elegance and individuality, and although Constantia is not historically associated with Shiraz, the [...]

February 28, 2012
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Buitenverwachting Christine 1995

The third annual Constantia Fresh festival organised by Jörg Pfützner of Fine Wine Events took place over Friday and Saturday and to begin proceedings, a blind tasting pitching Constantia reds against high-profile international wines. Pfützner, German born and an internationally certified sommelier is convinced that South Africa’s top wines go under-appreciated and hence sell at [...]

February 27, 2012
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Constantia Fresh 2012

The third annual Constantia Fresh festival takes place over 24 and 25 February.  A celebration of the wines of this ward, this year’s programme include the following: 1) Syrah and Bordeaux Blend Tasting (Friday afternoon) This will illustrate how well Constantia’s red wines compares to some of the world’s finest. Tickets: R1 500 per person. [...]

February 2, 2012
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Eagles’ Nest Shiraz 2008 vs. Domaine Clape Cornas 2007 vs. Groot Constantia Gouverneurs Shiraz 2006

At dinner last night as part of the second annual Constantia Fresh weekend organised by Jörg Pfützner of Fine Wine Events, another chance to see how South Africa stacks up against the best of France. Whereas the local wine industry generally had an unduly high opinion of the quality it was capable of 15 years [...]

February 26, 2011
by Christian
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