Wine Diary: April 2019

Wine Wins is a NEW guest post series that will be brought to you each month by my wine-loving husband…


This month I was looking forward to discover something new, something out of the ordinary and I happened upon a few bottles of “different”.


Klein Constantia Cuvée Anabel Rosé

Rosé for me has always been the uncool, awkward kid to be chosen last for the soccer team (could have been me). Not many winemakers are intent on making something special for their Rosé, choosing instead to focus on their whites and reds.

This month I had the opportunity to try this lovely Cuvée Anabel Rosé from Klein Constantia which we opened over the Easter Weekend to celebrate Easter Sunday with the family.

Klein Constantia is located in the picturesque Constantia Wine Valley, one of the gems of this premier wine growing region, they produce outstanding wines under the guidance of winemaker Matthew Day. With a keenness for white wine, his reputation for creating outstanding Sauvignon Blanc precedes him. Needless to say they are also very well known for their Vin de Constance.

The Cuvée Anabel Rosé is a renewed foray into the world of Rosé for Klein Constantia. The packaging gives some insight into what is inside the box…

Designed by Anabel, the owners daughter, she took her inspiration from the rose garden planted on the property, and chose to include the ‘Sunbelt’ rose, with the orange and coral colours that mirror those of the Cuvée Anabel.

Klein Constantia Rose
This is something special. Out of the ordinary. It took a little time for me to reach the rosé files located in my memory banks, but this is an elegant rosé of distinction. Initial thin floral notes give way to white peach. The palate is crisp and clean, deliciously refreshing. As far as I know this is only going to be released as a magnum, which is perfect for sharing!


High Constantia

The last wine producer for me to visit in the Constantia Valley was High Constantia.

Over a year ago one of my best mates attended a wedding hosted at High Constantia, and, arriving towards the end of my 40th festivities that evening he told me that he had indulged in some great reds from this farm.

Now, I don’t bear grudges Dave, but you could have brought along a half full bottle at least!

High Constantia MCC
Tucked away down a narrow driveway on Groot Constantia Road, one doubts its existence. I never paid too much attention to this farm and cannot understand why, because it has been producing reputable wines since 1824.

One of my biggest mistakes, was not visiting this farm earlier!

Over the Easter Weekend, I was bored. If Fridays festivities rallied my positivity about life, then Saturday morning saw that positivity slowly crumble. It just may have had something to do with it being our 17th wedding anniversary and my better half was with my daughter, birthday present shopping, while my son was out with a friend. I resolved to phone High Constantia and make a booking for a wine tasting for one, to lift my mood.

Turning into the driveway, I realised it was shorter than expected and reversed to park on the verge. Walking down over the paved driveway, it was quiet with nothing other than the beaming sun dancing over the shadows of the trees lining the drive which led to an alluring, open cellar door. This small wine farm makes no show about their winery, there are no furnishings or fittings to indicate a ‘tasting room’, certainly none that match those of the other Constantia Valley wine farms , but it still maintained an endearing charm.

A lovely, friendly face greeted me, gesturing for me to find a spot outside. Walking through the cellar door I discovered a long patio of chattering wine enthusiasts but, in no mood to be around people, I took to loitering inside the equally moody cellar.

The nameless smile poured me my first tasting, their 2012 Cabernet Franc.

High Constantia Cabernet Franc
All sombre feelings were immediately vaporised as this delectable cab franc washed into my mouth bringing me hope for the day.

One of the few Cabernet Francs produced in the Constantia wine region, it is absolutely captivating. Earthy and full bodied, the fruit and spice were complimented with a long well balanced tannin.

This boutique winery was certainly a great find on my April wine wanderings.

High Constantia Merlot
I enjoy feasting my eyes on the variety of wine labels out there, and these were very pleasing. Slightly smaller than the norm, yet bold, they were eye catching on the bottle.

I made my way through the other reds on offer, including this 2016 Merlot, and needless to say they were all enchanting. Winemaker David Van Niekerk had certainly blown my hair back on my anniversary.


Dunstone Shiraz 2016

While staying a night at the Tintswalo at Boulders recently, I made sure to take my own bottle of wine, because you never know what can happen…

And just as well, because they had not yet managed to secure their liquor license, and for me a romantic nights getaway is not fully complete without a bottle of good wine!

Dunstone Shiraz

This is a tidy, full bodied shiraz with white pepper, some smoky liquorice and ripe berry notes and a fine tannin. I found it needed to stand for just a bit to really open up. It would have paired perfectly with a pepper fillet!

Dunstone is a family run farm, focused on traditional methods of wine making and is located in Wellington at the foot of the Hawequa and Limiet Mountains.

Apparently Dunstone are looking to release their first Grenache in the near future – watch this space.


Cheers until next month when I will reveal a few of my May Wine Wins


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Brad Rossiter

Enjoying the pleasures of good food, family, friends and wine, always wine!

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