The fifth annual Chardonnay Report sponsored by multinational financial services company Prescient is now out. This involved putting together a line-up of 60 of South Africa’s most high-profile examples, either currently available or soon to be released, and then subjecting them to a blind tasting. Wines to rate 90 or higher on the 100-point quality […]
Groot Constantia Chardonnay 2013 has been judged overall winner at the 22nd annual Chardonnay du Monde competition, held from the 11 to 14 March in Burgundy. Fleur du Cap Unfiltered Chardonnay 2014 also won gold. There were 826 entries from 41 countries in total. Read more here.
Although Steenberg is the oldest private estate in the Constantia valley, having been granted to Free Burghers Hans and Catharina Ras, Groot Constantia is really its grande old dame. It was Groot, or Grand, Constantia that put Constantia on the international wine map, as well as being its stand-out estate for more than 300 years. […]
Don’t believe those stick-in-the-muds who say that chocolate doesn’t pair with wine. When done well, there are few things as deliciously decadent. It’s a match made in heaven, if you will. But finding the perfect combination is a challenge. Wine’s acidity and tannin can clash with the creaminess and subtle flavor nuances of chocolate. So, […]
Last night a six-course dinner with Groot Constantia wines courtesy of Dear Me in Longmarket Street, Cape Town. Lots of great food and wine combinations but the highlight was the braised free-range beef cheek and sweetbreads with bourguignon sauce, barley risotto and bone marrow paired with two vintages of the Bordeaux-style red Gouverneurs Reserve, the […]
This wine took a full 24 hours to open up. On night one, the first glass, alright first two glasses, were so inepxressive I thought the wine was past it’s best and only just stopped short of pouring the rest away. Night two, however, and it looked pretty good – subtle notes of lime, thatch […]
Groot Constantia winemaker Boela Gerber proved his credentials with Chardonnay when the 2009 vintage under reserve label Gouverneurs rated 5 Stars in the 2011 edition of Platter’s. The Gouverneurs 2010, however, underwhelmed in my Chardonnay Report of last year rating 3 Stars, the feeling among the panel being that “the acidity (was) rather too soft […]
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 […]