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Klein Constantia Mme Marlbrook 2006

Looking young for its age.

I gather that the white blend that was Mme Malbrook from Klein Constantia is to be discontinued. A pity as a bottle of the 2006 drunk recently at Cape Town harbour restaurant Panama Jacks was compelling. The wine was always basically a Bordeaux … [Read more...]

Klein Constantia Brut 2011

No mess, no fuss.

With the 2010 Brut Méthode Cap Classique from Klein Constantia having rated 5 Stars in the current edition of Platter’s, how does the newly released 2011 (R179 a bottle) shape up? From Chardonnay, the wine was aged for nine months in 500-litre … [Read more...]

Klein Constantia Block 382 2012


As wine quality rises in any one category so des the bar gets raised in the sense of what constitutes greatness. Local Sauvignon Blanc has improved dramatically over the last decade or so but are there any truly world-class examples out there at the … [Read more...]

Klein Constantia Sauvignon Blanc 2013

On target.

Klein Constantia MD Hans Astrom, incumbent since the change of ownership in 2011, is on record as saying he’s intent on “stirring the sleeping beauty” and together with winemaker Matt Day, some top wines are already emerging. Following on from the … [Read more...]

Up, up and away – the premiumisation of Sauvignon Blanc

Out in front.

From the December issue of Business Day WANTED: No wonder Sauvignon Blanc is so many people’s favourite summertime wine – consumption-ready on purchase (no need to age it before drinking) and offering great quality relative to price – lots of primary … [Read more...]

Klein Constantia Comparative Chardonnay Tasting

“People ask me why Klein Constantia stopped making Chardonnay and I don’t know,” says managing director Hans Astrom. “We have some planted which currently gets used for bubbly – within three to five years, we could have a couple of blocks to match … [Read more...]