Constantia Wine


Constantia is just outside of Cape Town, in the lower slopes of Constantiaberg Mountain in South Africa’s Cape Point region. The Constantia estate, which produced the famous red dessert wine Vie de Constance, was established in 1685 by Cape Town’s first governor Simon van der Stel. The wine, made from Muscat Blanc and Red Muscat, had a special place in the hearts and cellars of many nobles and celebrities for the next couple of hundred years. But once the Phylloxera and oidium (powdery mildew) outbreaks took their toll, the winery was shut down for a long period. It was finally revived in the 1970s as Groot Constantia. Four other wineries make up this tiny region: Buitenverwachting, Klein Constantia (which, along with Groot Constantia make up the trifecta that was created when the original Constantia estate was diveded in the early 1700s), Constantia Uitsig and Steenberg. 
Constantia is warm and sunny, with cooling effects from both the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, Read more »

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  • Stephen, your original post at top of this thread brings up a number of ... ... about a vertical of Klein Constantia down in S.A.? And Port and Madeira? And....  ;-)Then there're the '70s reds from Napa, and then batches of '80s and '90s from Napa and Sonoma and even Monterey.What are the dream wines from Oz? Tucked away, just waiting for us, ... Read More

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  • Any guess about the Constantia content, and further impressions? Haven't had it, and am curious.Nice menu, and mixture of cab blends. What was in the chestnut leaves that accompanied the CA cabs? Read More

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  • Round 1 = 3 x NZ and 1 x South AfricanThe Man o War is from Waiheke Island near ... charateristicsThe Klein from Constantia  - Bordeaux Blend but not disclosedThe surprise packet of this set - a very drinkable fruit driven wine which proably is at its peak you Read More

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  • Fine line up, Stephen. Color me envious. Is this sit down with food, or...?What ... to hear your opinion on the Constantia red. And the other wines, too, of course, especially from Oz and Kiwilan Read More

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  • Going to a Cabernet Degustation next WednesdayThe Wine line upAustralia ... Fenix 2009KLEIN CONSTANTIA ESTATE RED 2014TE MATA ESTATE 'COLERAINE' 2015 96+ Points - Gary Walsh The Wine FrontPURIRI HILLS RESERVE 2008 95 Points - Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine French  Chateau Latour Le Pauillac de Latour 2010 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocat... Read More

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  • So any updates, Stephen?Have heard good things about harvest in the Cape ... ... Cape ... scuttlebutt about Constantia...&nbs Read More

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  • The more context the merrier and there's plenty of good SB out of SA, and ... type of wine with that 'Constantia' moniker, of course...  ;-)No smoky coffee shop sto Read More

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  • Among the sparklers, Jacquesson's GVS beat out the Schramsberg BdN, though ... ... and Krug.Stickies, the Constantia muscat beat out both the Donnhoff Eiswein, and the Banyuls (yeah, not white) on the other, reds night. Not always easy to get ahold of the Constantia so jumped at the chance.  Even WS is getting on their bandwagon lately (thoug... Read More

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  • Interestingly, found a Montebello edged out a Dunn from the same mature vintage ... Brand Grand Cru, 2002Klein Constantia SB, 2013Domaine Didier Daguenaux Blanc Fumé de Pouilly, 2004Tyrell’s Old Winery Semillon (Hunter), 2006Chateau La Louviere (blanc), 1992Domaine Denogent Pouilly Fuisse La Croix Vielle Vignes, 2011Nicolas Potel Bâtard Montrac... Read More

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  • Silvermist Constantia Sauvignon Blanc 2014


    Visited the Estate in South Africa and the Wines are truly SPECTACULAR Read More

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