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Groot Constantia wins Sylvain barrel

Best wine overall at the second annual RisCura Red Hot Wine Awards was the Groot Constantia Gouverneurs Reserve Red 2013 and the prize for producing this a 300-litre Selection range barrel from Tonnellerie Sylvain valued at approximately R14 000. Here Jean Daneel, who is Sylvain’s representative in South Africa can be seen with winemaker Boela […]

June 23, 2016
by Christian
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RisCura Red Hot Wine Awards 2016 results

Results of the second annual RisCura Red Hot Wine Awards featuring Bordeaux-style red blends as made in South Africa are now out. 59 entries from 46 producers were received and these were tasted blind (labels out of site) by the three-person panel, scoring done according to the 100-point quality scale. Wines to rate 90 points […]

June 22, 2016
by Christian
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The Prescient Chardonnay Report 2015

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 […]

October 28, 2015
by Christian
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Groot Constantia triumphs at Chardonnay du Monde 2015

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.

March 19, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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David Bristow: The history of Groot Constantia

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. […]

February 25, 2015
by David Bristow
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Chocolate and wine pairings in the winelands

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, […]

November 6, 2014
by Emma Odendaal
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Groot Constantia Gouverneurs Reserve 2005

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 […]

July 18, 2013
by Christian
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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 pretty good – subtle notes of lime, thatch […]

March 12, 2013
by Christian
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