The 2017 Pinot Noir Peter Martin Ray Vineyard is superb. Bright, focused and wonderfully energetic, the 2017 is simply magnificent. Dark cherry, plum, lavender, crushed rocks, blood orange and mint are all beautifully delineated. There is a real sense of energy here that is compelling. At times, the Peter Martin Ray shows a more somber side. It is that push and pull of elements that makes the 2017 so alluring. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, January 2019) — 2 days ago
The Drinking Window experts say I should drink my last 2008 Art Series Chardonnay. Delicious as always with a timeless feel about it and the thumbprint of luscious stone fruit and pear. The 2016 was just released and reviewed by Ray Jordan who is a WA Wine expert who gave it 99+ points. He said he gave the 2015 99 points yet the 2016 is a better wine and given he doesn’t give 100 he then had to give the 2016 99+ points. The 2008 is drinking beautifully. Could go on short term but why bother. — 5 days ago
I thought this was so smooth and delicious. — 13 days ago
Sorry, short notes on this one. I had to get to Cape Point Vineyards.
This might be their most famous wine. Here is some history of this wine over the centuries. Napoleon Bonaparte had as much as 1,126 liters (297 gallons) of Constantia wine shipped in wooden casks each year to Longwood House, his home in exile on St Helena from 1815 until his death in 1821. The Count de las Cases reported that, on his deathbed, Napoleon refused everything offered to him but a glass of Constantia wine.
In Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen's character Mrs Jennings recommends a little Constantia for "its healing powers on a disappointed heart"
In Charles Dickens' last (and unfinished) novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Constantia wine is served to the reverend Septimus by his mother.
My quick notes. They make several passes through the vineyard waiting for the perfect raisinated grapes. The body is, thick, sticky and sweet. Marmalade, both peach types, apricot, nut skins, dried pineapple, lots of residual sugar, great acidity and a rich, sweet, well balanced polished finish. Not entirely different than Sauternes. Thick D’Yquem of South Africa.
Photos of; the Klien Constantia Estate vines with the mountains painting the background, the door to Duggies Dungeon, horizontal stainless settling tanks and the fruit of this wine in its raisinated picking state. — 4 days ago
From Jane for birthday — 12 days ago
Probably one of the best wines I've ever had. So deliciously smooth. It almost tastes like a dessert wine. — a month ago
Christmas present from Shelley from 2018. — 2 months ago