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After a sensational 2015, can Groot Constantia do it again in 2016 ?

THERE WERE a number of South African wineries that excelled in 2015 by way of good reviews, however none were more frequent visitors to the podium than the grande dame Groot Constantia – a property dating back to 1685 but which ranks right up there with the best in the modern era too. Winemaker Boela Gerber is very modest about his team’s achievements

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Vin de Constance served by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth to Chinese President Xi Jinping

KLEIN CONSTANTIA Vin de Constance 2008 was one of six superb wines chosen to be served during the state banquet hosted at Buckingham Palace by the Queen of England Elizabeth II for Chinese President Xi Jinping and attended by 150 dignitaries who also included British Prime Minister David Cameron and Prince Andrew. The other wines: Ridgeview Grosvenor Brut 2009 (Bubbly from

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South Africa’s top dessert wine ratings in 2013 and best dessert wines under R100 a bottle – the experts’ choice

NEDERBURG and Nuy remain dominant among South Africa’s most successful sweet wine producers, but the competition is growing and getting stiffer… The following wines achieved outstanding reviews from the judges at blind-tastings around the world in 2013: TOP SOUTH AFRICAN DESSERT WINE RATINGS IN 2013 – UNFORTIFIED Badsberg Badslese Natural Sweet 2012 – 4½ Stars in Platter’s Guide Boekenhoutskloof Noble

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Constantia’s come a long way since the 1600s with plenty of dry whites and reds as good as the sweets these days

NOTWITHSTANDING Commander Jan van Riebeeck’s modest vineyards first in the Dutch government’s gardens up the road from the castle and then in Bishopscourt and Wynberg, it was in Constantia that South Africa’s wine industry really got going… History books have it that the first wine for which Van Riebeeck claimed credit was made in the 1650s but that the country’s

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