What I Drank Last Night
Good Booze. Good Food. Good Company.

Groot Constantia Gouverneurs Reserve 2005

Dear Me owner Ilze Koekemoer and chef Vanessa Marx.

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, … [Read more...]

Groot Constantia Gouverneurs Semillon 2008

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 … [Read more...]

Groot Constantia Chardonnay 2011


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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Buitenverwachting Christine 1995

The business.

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, … [Read more...]

Signal Hill Pinot Noir 2006 vs. 2007

Le coq sportif.

Lunch today at the always reliable Jonkershuis restaurant on Groot Constantia for a table consisting of 13 adults and innumerable children. What red to order to accompany mains varying from fine-crumbed hake fillet through burgers to chicken … [Read more...]