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Constantia Uitsig Brut 2006 – 2009

Pick of the bunch.

Constantia Uitsig, complete with country hotel, various restaurants, vineyards and, of course, a cricket oval is on the market for R175 million (a bargain given that Klein Constantia reportedly went for R200 million when self-made billionaire Zdenek … [Read more...]

Constantia Uitsig Semillon 2007

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Shifts in the wine industry might occur slowly but they occur definitively even so, witness the fact that at the beginning of the 19th century, 90% of local vineyard plantings consisted of “groendruif”, supposedly Semillon, this dropping to 40% by … [Read more...]

CE’s top 12 wines of 2011

Keermont Terrasse 2010

Below are my dozen best wines for 2011. To appear on the list, they had to be from South Africa and in general circulation. Where I encountered them blind, I scored them well enough but they appear here in that they provided me with great drinking … [Read more...]

Constantia Uitsig Semillon 2006

"Rather grand".

“Serious and rather grand, now even more focused with less oak (7 months, seasoned). Lanolin aromas mingle with wood vanilla, measured mouthful briefly upset by pushy 14.5% alc. Like toasty 2005, needing yr/2 to harmonise,” was the tasting note … [Read more...]

Constantia Uitsig Sauvingon Blanc 2009

Starting to blossom.

Constantia Uitsig Sauvingon Blanc 2009 looking subtle and complex and without the nervousness that I'm sure it had on release. As served by my sister-in-law. Where did she acquire it? "From the top shelf at Pick n Pay - where all the expensive wines … [Read more...]

Peter Lehmann Margaret Barossa Semillon 2005

Top Aussie Sem. And it's not from Hunter Valley...

On Friday, a workshop conducted by Steenberg winemaker JD Pretorius towards a better understanding of Semillon. At the end of 2010, it was the 12th most planted variety in the country with the total area amounting to 1 182.4ha (some 30% of this is … [Read more...]