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Top six wines of June 2016

Here are our six most highly rated current-release wines of the last month: Thorne & Daughters Paper Kite 2015 – 96 (read original review here) David & Nadia Contour Series Pinotage 2015 – 95 (read original review here) David Aristargos 2015 – 95 (read original review here) Kaapzicht The 1947 Chenin Blanc 2015 – 95 […]

July 4, 2016
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Klein Constantia Perdeblokke Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Can Sauvignon Blanc be profound? Last night Klein Constantia winemaker Matthew Day showed the 2015 vintage of his single-vineyard wine known as Perdeblokke and it certainly grabbed the attention… A wonderfully enticing nose of lemon and its rind, white peach, black currant, fynbos and talcum powder while the palate is amazingly vivid – pure, lithe […]

June 28, 2016
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Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 2012

As is now well-documented, Klein Constantia changed ownership in 2011 and the 2012 vintage of the property’s renowned sweet wine Vin de Constance is the first made entirely under the new regime. Picking started in late January and finished in late April, some of the fermentation taking six months to finish, relates winemaker Matthew Day. […]

June 28, 2016
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Metis Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Metis Sauvignon Blanc, a collaboration between Klein Constantia and Sancerre producer Pascal Jolivet, is emerging as one of the more interesting examples of the variety around. A “natural and minimalistic approach to winemaking” (for reach read: more oxidative than usual) supposedly leads to a wine which displays “typical and atypical Sauvignon Blanc traits”. The 2014 […]

December 21, 2015
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Klein Constantia Sauvignon Blanc 2015

The soon-to-be released 2015 of the Klein Constantia Estate Sauvignon Blanc is elegant and precise, as is becoming winemaker Matthew Day’s trademark. There are notes of pear and white peach plus a little fynbos on the nose while the palate shows lovely pure fruit offset by a little paprika-like bite. The acidity is fresh but […]

December 9, 2015
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Winemag.co.za Top 20 wines 2015

Editor Christian Eedes selects his top 20 wines of the year based on quality, value, availability and excitement. Wine of the Year Sadie Family Wines Columella 2013 The most accomplished modern-era SA red yet. Read original review here. – – – AA Badenhorst Family Wines Ramnasgras Cinsault 2014 Can you expect greatness of single-variety Cinsault? […]

December 7, 2015
by Christian
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Vin de Constance 2011

With the 2009 vintage of Vin de Constance not entirely convincing (see here) and no 2010 released, a lot was riding on the 2011 (Wine Cellar price: R750 per 500ml bottle) and fans of this sweet wine from Klein Constantia will be glad to hear that everything is Jim-dandy again. The last vintage to be […]

October 19, 2015
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South Africa’s top six “iconic wine farms”

During a conversation over lunch yesterday, a winelands property agent asked me which South African wine farms I considered to be “iconic”. In 2011, self-made billionaire Zdenek Bakala and business associate Charles Harman acquired Klein Constantia for a reported R200 million and I guess the agent was asking what other properties would warrant that sort […]

September 21, 2015
by Christian
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