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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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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 of last year rating 3 Stars, the feeling among the panel being that “the acidity (was) rather too soft […]

January 9, 2013
by Christian
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Signal Hill Pinot Noir 2006 vs. 2007

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 curry? Super-versatile Pinot Noir was the obvious option but not the Meerlust (no vintage specified) at R325 a […]

December 28, 2011
by Christian
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