Beau Constantia Stella Syrah 2017

Before we starting jumping up and down and all around about all the exciting wine deliveries, shall we take a moment to appreciate the fallen soldiers of lockdown. 

This post isn’t so much about the wine farm, as it’s about the winemaker. I’ve spoken about this before, but one of my fondest moments last year was discovering, and hogging, Megan’s Sauvignon Blanc (still unlabelled) in the middle of a vineyard as the sun set over the Constantia Valley. And a few hours, and wines, later sitting on a low winery wall in the middle of the night chatting to Megan...neither of us sober. One of my favourite memories for this year will be her unrelenting and outspoken support for equality.

The Wine:

Deep ruby in colour with a pronounced nose of vanilla, blackcurrant, dark plums, anise, tobacco, coffee, subtle pepper, bacon and olives.

Dry, fuuuulllll bodied, medium+ tannins and high acidity. Added to the palate: fynbos, fig and cranberries. This wine is rich, sultry and very smooth...with the most decadent lengthy finish.

Viti & Vini:

The vineyard is in the middle of well exposed north east facing slopes.

The grapes received a longer hang time and slower ripening due to lower than usual average temperatures in 2017.

Natural fermentation on  skins and stems. And matured for 18 months in 225 litre French oak barrels - 50% new and 50% second fill.


Balance (0) + Length (1) + Intensity (1) + Complexity (1)  = A very good wine. 

Drink now, but absolute potential for a little further ageing.  For me, I found the oak too much, hence no point. But if you're a fan of oak, and perhaps with more time for me, this is an impressive wine.

Final Thoughts:

This was a pricier purchase...that I probably won’t repeat. It’s a beautiful wine...but I seem to be overly sensitive to oak in my old age. Having said that, I was sorry to see this wine go...I’d have loved to see how it, and I, could evolve over a few more years.

I’m also keen to see how Megan evolves. I know that I’ll be first in line to support any of her personal projects. She cool!

Tasted on a Leaf Day according to the Biodynamic Calendar for the SH.

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