A few weekends ago my incredible friend Jamie took me with her to go experience the wine tasting at Klein Constantia wine estate. I had never been before so I was excited to try out a different wine farm and to have a new experience. The estate is absolutely beautiful and the drive to the restaurant and tasting room makes you feel as though you are somewhere deep in the country side. The long driveway is lined with beautiful big trees on both sides and right by the main building is a field with horses.
The building is a beautiful red brick establishment that makes you excited for what’s awaiting inside. On the one end of the building is the tasting room which has the most spectacular center serving table showing all of their delicious wines. Through a corridor, visible from the tasting room, lies The Bistro. I haven’t had the experience of going just yet but I am absolutely dying to as the restaurant is run by Cordon Bleau chef Graham Davies who has traveled throughout Europe exploring his passion for food. He aims to showcase the rich culinary history of South African cuisine through his “farm to table” theme, popular in most modern restaurants today.
The tasting comprises of 7 wines of your choice including a taste of their incredible MCC. Klein Constantia produce two ranges of wines: the Estate range, an accessible and easy-drinking KC range and their iconic natural sweet dessert wine, Vin de Constance. You can choose any 7 wines of your choice.
I’ll start with the positives:
Their wines truly are delicious and since I’m such a fan of dessert wines, I had to include it in my tasting too. I have to say it is absolutely gorgeous and I will definitely treat myself to a bottle soon! I am a lover of chardonnay and their’s truly is delicious, it isn’t as buttery and rich as I normally like but it’s very easy drinking while still getting that after taste of oak and vanilla.
Now onto the negatives:
The tastings are tiny!!! I’m talking maybe 3-4 ml which is literally one sip. I was pretty disappointed because you hardly get to enjoy the taste or really experience the wines fully. I also felt that the tasting was extremely rushed. We had hardly sipped back our meager portion when our waitress was back with the next one! Hardly enough time to let your brain register what you’re drinking, and certainly not enough time to enjoy any conversation with my dear friend. Another unfortunate thing is that they don’t have a liquor license permitting them to offer tasting outside on their exquisite lawns which is such a waste of their gorgeous property. So even on the most sunny and brilliant days you are forced to sit inside a dark, chilly building missing out on spectacular weather. This is something I really feel they need to do something about because it really isn’t a place that I would want to go to again based purely on the venue of the tasting.
With that being said, Klein Constantia do produce beautiful wines so I would suggest buying a bottle and enjoying it on your lawn instead!