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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
by Christian
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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
by Christian
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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
by Christian
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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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Klein Constantia Perdeblokke Sauvignon Blanc 2013

I thought Perdeblokke Sauvignon Blanc 2012 from Klein Constantia was one of the very best of the vintage, a particularly statuesque rendition of the variety. What of the recently-released 2013 (R215 a bottle from Wine Cellar)? Grapes come from a select group of vineyards some 200 meters above sea level, the name Perdeblokke coming from […]

January 26, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Klein Constantia Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Klein Constantia under the new regime of MD Hans Astrom and winemaker Matt Day have impressed with their various versions of Sauvignon Blanc to date and the Estate 2014 Wine Cellar price: R110 a bottle) is no exception. White peach through granadilla with subtle top notes of blossom and fynbos. Lovely fruit expression, good palate […]

January 7, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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Vin de Constance 2009

Vin de Constance, the sweet wine made from unbotrytised Muscat de Frontignan, is nothing if not idiosyncratic and the 2009 particularly so. The wine shows dried apricot, scrub and subtle but distinct oak-derived notes. There’s lots going on but it feels a bit over-engineered. We are of course watching a change of regime – the […]

August 20, 2014
by Christian
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