SA Chardonnay Judged World’s Best

Written by Clair Macdonald. Posted in Wine Blog.

Cape Town – Groot Constantia’s 2013 Chardonnay was judged the best in the world at the recent 22nd annual Chardonnay du Monde competition. 

The runner up was the 2013 DB Reserve Chardonnay from Australia.  


The competition was held from March 11 to 14 in the Burgundy wine region of France. 

Chardonnay-du-Monde is an international wine competition held every year since 1993. 

The competition’s name means ‘Chardonnay of the world’ and as this suggests, the competition focuses specifically on Chardonnay wines. 

Beating over 800 other entrants from across the globe to be judged best overall, Groot Constantia’s 2013 Chardonnay proudly represented South Africa as one of only two Chardonnay’s from SA to feature in the top 56 and to receive a gold.

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Sauvignon Blanc 2011 from Steenberg Vineyards

Written by Neville Cooper. Posted in Wine Blog.

SteenbergSteenberg Vineyards have just released Steenberg Sauvignon Blanc 2011 excelling once again with one of the cultivars which has built the reputation of this Constantia Wine Valley producer. Set against the Constantia mountains and facing False Bay, the reliable rainfall, mild temperatures and granite ridges ensure that this farm creates the best of South African cool climate wines.

Dornier Wine Estate

Posted in Wine Blog.

Dornier Wine Estate

We popped into Dornier the other day for a casual Sunday afternoon.  A friend works in the tasting room and so we said we would come and visit.  The drive there on Blaauwklippen road is beautiful and there are a few other noteworthy farms along the way.  I have never been to Dornier before and was quite impressed.  They have moved the wine tasting area closer to the restaurant, although I do think that it is a waste of a beautiful building on the other side of the grass.  But nonetheless, closer to the restaurant does make it more social, festive and relaxing.