Today was a good, productive day. Some good reading, writing and a brisk run, topped off with a glass of amber wine.
The color a sap like emerald orange. A bouquet of forest mist and sea fog. Melon and raspberries.
A surprisingly welcome balance of lush, bursting fruit up front finished with a dry, tart slight astringent quality.
Mystifying color and glint, subtle, natural bouquet, well-balanced and surprising drinking experience.
Apricots. That’s what I’m missing. A punch of apricots right in the middle. — 15 days ago
Our first stop on the Cape was the historic Estate of Klein Constantia, established in 1685 by the VOC Governor of the Cape, Simon van der Stel. The Dutch established the Western Cape wine growing region in the 1600’s as a rest and resupply stop for their trading ships sailing around Africa enroute to their many trade partners of the Far East etc..
The nose reveals; slightly bruised apple & pear, white citrus, notes of apple cider, white peach, cream, vanillin notes, nice, soft chalkiness, gentle minerality with spring flowers and yellow lilies.
The body is quite light, lively, tightly beaded, rich creamy texture, slightly bruised apple & pear, white citrus, notes of apple cider, white peach, cream, vanillin & ginger notes, nice, soft chalkiness, heavier minerality one palate than the nose with spring flowers and lilies.
Photos of, their Estate vines with the majestic mountains painting the background, A-frames for riddling the new vintage of this sparkling wine, the grounds surrounding the Estate and their tasting bar. — 4 days ago
Good morning! Breakfast of champions at our hotel which, is run by the producer of Clouds wine.
This is very pleasant. Not overly mineral driven which, can be the case with some producers in the area. Like, the complementary Delaire Graff sparkling poured at their restaurant last night.
Nose of, bright light citrus blend, Jasmine, spring flowers and lilies.
The body is rich. Light citrus blend, pineapple, touch of tropical melons, medium intensity volcanic minerals, nice chalkiness, Good acidity and a pleasant rich finish.
Photos of, the view from our hotel Clouds breakfast terrace, that beautiful red clay they are excavating for vine planting in the center of the hotel, cold breakfast bar and inside restaurant seating. — 2 days ago
Our second stop of the day was at Cape Point Vineyards. One of the very best vistas we had seen on any of our many trips. Absolutely, a great place to have lunch and stare at that view.
The nose reveals; lemon custard, lime, green melon, banana peel, green apple skin, pineapple, stone fruit, honeysuckle, steely minerality, wet stone, some cut grass & green bean with yellow lilies and white flowers.
The body is full, round and waxy. Texture is beautiful. Lemon custard, lime, green melon, banana peel, green apple skin, pineapple, stone fruit, cantaloupe, honeysuckle, steely minerality, wet stone, powdery, soft chalkiness, saline notes, some cut grass & green bean with yellow lilies, citrus blossoms and white flowers. The acidy is round and perfect. The finish is; elegant, lush, well balanced/polished and persists beautiful for minutes. 92 just missing 93. My favorite of the five we tasted.
Photos of, a panorama view from their terrace patio restaurant, my better half enjoying that view, her ceviche starter and the mountains that run from the right side of property all along the back of it. — 3 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
The nose is a little shy with just a touch of funk. Muted; lemon, lime, white peach, apricot, grapefruit with pith, cut grass, hints of flint, light volcanic minerals, beautiful soft chalkiness, vanilln, oak notes and spring flowers.
The palate shows some age and softening. This bottling might need some food to really make it shine. The body is round and softer than their 2018 1865 bottling. Understated lemon, lime, white peach, apricot, grapefruit with pith, touch of cut grass, hints of flint, a little green bean, light volcanic minerals, beautiful soft chalkiness, vanilln, oak notes and spring flowers. Nice high acidity and a beautiful understated finish with the exception of more pronounced minerality on the long set.
Photos of, an aerial photos of the vineyards with designations, branded oak barrel, a bottle in their tasting room Alnwick Castle Constantia of 1791 or 1809 from the Duke of Northumberland and tasting lounge area. — 4 days ago
This a blend of 52 Shiraz, 37% Cabernet and 11% Petit Verdot.
Some musty notes. Blackberries, dark cherries, strawberries, blue fruits, pepper, black licorice, vanilla, caramel, dark spice, dark fruit liqueur notes, dry leather, underbrush and withering to dry dark florals. Gets better as you sip it but, not really my thing. Perhaps, that changes with enough bottle age.
Photos of; Klein Constantia, the entrance of their tasting room, red wine barrels and Estate vines.
— 4 days ago
The nose reveals, ripe fruits of; blackberries, dark cherries, blueberries, plum skin, black raspberries, strawberries, cola, dark chocolate, vanilla, dark spice, rich dark earth, dry top soil, soft leathery notes, touch smoke, steep red fruit tea, caramel, mocha, stones with fresh & withering dark red florals.
The body is on the lighter side for Cabernet. The tannins firm and powdery. The structure, tension, length and balance are good. Ripe fruits of; blackberries, dark cherries, blueberries, plum skin, black raspberries, strawberries, cola, dark chocolate, vanilla, dark spice, rich dark earth, dry top soil, tobacco, soft dry leathery notes, touch smoke, steep red fruit tea, caramel, mocha, dark chocolate bar, crushed granitic soils, dry stones with fresh & withering dark red florals. The acidity bright. The finish has bright fruits but, is earth dominate. It’s requires five years of aging before enjoying it.
Photos of; Klein Constantia hillside vineyards, painting of their old school bottle, grounds of their Estate and large oak vats. — 4 days ago
The nose reveals; some petrol, flinty notes, white peach, lemon, lime, pineapple, orange rind, green apple skin, dry herbaceous notes, soft volcanic minerals citrus blossoms, yellow lilies and white flowers.
The body is medium, waxy and leads into a near dry tannin and or minerality as it sets. The petrol notes seem almost sweet. Flinty notes, white peach, lemon, lime, pineapple, orange rind, green apple skin, honey notes, dry herbaceous notes, soft but, palate gripping volcanic minerals citrus blossoms, yellow lilies and white flowers. The acidity is round but, could be just a bit higher for me. The beautiful finish is; round, lush, elegant, balanced and well polished.
Photos of; Klein Constantia, art work that hangs in their tasting room, etched oak barrel from a 300 year old oak tree they waited a long time to get, the tasting room & library wine cellar in Duggies Dungeon-a former owner of the Estate. — 4 days ago
Colour is a very dark crimson with a tawny rim developing. Savoury southern Rhone type aromas of Loam and Tobacco showing more Cinsault than Pinot Noir. Pinotage is regarded as South Africa’s signature variety and is a hybrid of Pinot Noir and Cinsault. Little oak influence on the palate with such savoury dirty flavours it’s almost Bretty but will give the benefit of the doubt. I had a 2013 of this wine a few years ago which showed more black berry fruits than this 2010 now. Kanonkop (note the embossed cannon on the glass bottle ) was one of the first properties to plant Pinotage. I bought this bottle in Stellenbosch in 2013. @David T Iknow David Trumper is over there at the moment and would recommend this wine. — 4 days ago