Wednesday, November 06, 2013

A tasting at Beau Constantia

The tasting room with views down the Constantia Valley and across False Bay to the far mountains
You can taste inside or outside on one of the comfortable terraces or go downstairs to relax in the Spa
Looking across to wine farms Constantia Glen and Eagle's Nest
They have vines going up the mountain almost to the top. Just planted right at the top are new sauvignon blanc grapes
Clean lines, cool comfort in the well designed tasting room. Lynne with Chantel Ball, Sales Manager just about to start the tasting
The menu
The wine list.  All the wines are made by Justin van Wyk
Pas de Nom (Without a name) a white blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier and Semillon with the depiction of their quite renowned viticulturist Oom Japie Bronn who in his time has planted quite a few vineyards in Constantia and at Cape Point Vineyards, He likes to keep a low profile.
Three workers below in the vineyard trimming and training the spring green vines
Our tasting of six wines with the Mexican canapé platter.  Of note was the sweet and delicious dolce de Leche (condensed milk) cake on the right. Now they need a sweet wine to match it. We particularly liked the award winning Cecily 2013 Viognier (named after Pierre du Preez wife, who is a Getty), full of sweet peaches and cream and so ready for spicy food;  the flagship Lucca 2011 Merlot Cab Franc (named after their daughter) red blend which is smooth on the palate with good fruit and amami notes with a good minerality on the end.; and the 2011 Aiden (named after their son) a blend of Malbec, Merlot, Petite Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon, with its elegant classic palate with good red fruits, chalky tannins and  marmite notes from the Malbec. This needs time. The newly released Sauvignon Blanc also shows great potential.
The tasting table and fridges
Lynne complaining about having her photograph taken, even with the handsome chef Ryan
Someone on the farm has a great sense of humour.
© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2013

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