Klein Constantia winemaker Matt Day says that the 2016 was the earliest since 1986 and the wines are perhaps a tiny notch down on those of the exceptional 2015 but still very accomplished. Klein Constantia Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Price: R130 On the nose, attractive notes of blossom and fresh herbs to go with citrus and […]
Bernard Le Roux joined Zorgvliet in December 2013 after stints at first Vilafonté and then Noble Hill and is quietly going about uplifting the reputation of this Banhoek property after it meandered for a while – the 2015 vintage of the Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon blend known as Simoné rated 90 on the 100-point quality scale in […]
“I’d rather drink a wooded Sauvignon Blanc over an unwooded Chardonnay,” remarked celebrity chef Pete Goffe-Wood over lunch the other day and I tend to share the sentiment. Chablis is Chablis but local unwooded Chardonnay often underwhelms, the wines failing to show real complexity. Wooded Sauvignon Blanc, on the other hand, is re-emerging as a […]
A cheat version of this classic French stew. Serves 4 Ingredients: 400g dried haricot beans, soaked overnight 1 tbsp (15ml) olive oil 125g bacon, chopped 3 garlic cloves, crushed 1 onion, finely chopped 1 celery, finely chopped 1 carrot, peeled and finely chopped 250g pork chipolates 4 x tomatoes, chopped 1 cup (250ml) chicken stock […]
Winemaker Matt Day of Klein Constantia has worked hard over the last few vintages to bring ever more refinement to the property’s famous sweet wine that is Vin de Constance (R895 per 500ml bottle) and the currently available 2013 is his best effort yet. From Muscat de Frontignan, the nose is wonderfully fragrant with notes […]
Check out this video featuring Patatsfontein, the single-vineyard Montagu Chenin Blanc as made by Reenan Borman and the rest of the Ronnie B Wines team. Made by the husband-and-wife team at Allthewine.net. Please let us have your comments and feel free to share.
Results of Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships 2017 were announced recently. 29 countries participated and 127 gold medals and 167 silver medals were awarded and the following South African wines featured: Gold Klein Constantia Brut 2013 Silver Le Lude Agrafé 2012 Le Lude Brut NV Le Lude Brut Rosé NV For full results, see […]
More years ago than I like to remember, to celebrate my 21st birthday, I bought half a dozen bottles of a local sparkling wine called Here XVII Souverein. It’s not that I haven’t had a party or two since then, but I think I can honestly say that that was the last time I actually […]