Quality is tangible. It’s something you can see; something you can feel; something you can taste; something you can hold. Quality is something that is very much at the forefront with the introduction of the new vintage Chardonnay 2016 and Shiraz 2015 of Robertson Winery’s flagship range, Constitution Road.
Continuing a proud tradition, the Constitution Road wines, Robertson Winery’s flagship range, continue to impress with the new vintage Chardonnay 2016 and Shiraz 2015 receiving recognition both locally and internationally.
Robertson Winery’s unfaltering commitment to quality led to the creation of this exclusive range named after the winery’s home at No 1 Constitution Road in Robertson. The maiden 2002 Shiraz was launched in 2004, commemorating ten years of democracy in South Africa under the new constitution, and rose to great heights with a steady stream of prominent accolades. Joining the Shiraz in this range, the award-winning Constitution Road Chardonnay 2014 followed in 2016.
The Constitution Road wines are freshly adorned with a creative Anthony Lane label design symbolising the democratic pillars of the South African constitution, mirroring the values and beliefs of Robertson Winery:
- Liberty/Freedom: To explore the true potential of the Robertson Valley, creative freedom for the winemakers to experiment and innovate;
- Governance/Wisdom and Knowledge: A respect of age-old traditions, knowledge shared between generations of winemakers yet writing a new chapter with each vintage;
- Justice and Equality/Balance and Consistency: Only a sensitive understanding of each varietal and vineyard ensures balance and consistency, the holy grails of great wines.
- Provenance/Sense of Place: Creating wines that express their origin
The Constitution Wines are made by Jacques Roux, the passionate and totally focused specialty winemaker at Robertson Winery since 2001, who lives and breathes wine.
Constitution Road Shiraz 2015
Awards: Michelangelo International Wine Awards –Gold, Syrah Du Monde 2018 – Silver, 4½ and 4 star Platter’s ratings, Decanter World Wine Awards Trophy
Tasting notes: Rich aromas of ripe plum and blackberries envelop warm spice notes and a hint of dark chocolate. The ripe, dark fruit found on the nose follows through onto the voluptuous, velvety palate and lingers on the finish. This opulent wine is bold, well-structured and exquisitely poised.
In the vineyard: The grapes are sourced from Robertson Winery’s top shiraz vineyards – two premium blocks on the Wolfkloof farm.
In the cellar: A 10% saignée and two days of cold maceration took place in small open top fermenters. Once fermentation began, the skin cap was punched down or pumped over every six hours to ensure optimal extraction of flavour, tannin and colour. After fermentation the wine was left on the skins for 5-7 days extended maceration. The wine was aged for 36 months in barrel.
Cellaring potential: 7 to 10 years
Cellar door price: approx. R220
The Little Hedonist’s food pairing suggestion: Think hearty, wholesome winter dishes. Anything grilled and peppery would compliment the spicy notes in this gorgeously silky red perfectly. It can stand its ground against a bit of heat and spice, without either overpowering the other. I’d pair this plump Shiraz with herby lamb chops, richly fragrant bobotie or venison stew with baby potatoes and chargrilled vegetables. Even a stunning medium beef burger with caramelised onions and a blue cheese dressing would elevate the dark berry flavours to it’s fullest.
Constitution Road Chardonnay 2016
Awards: Michelangelo International Wine Awards 2018 – Double Gold, Chardonnay Du Monde 2018 – Silver, Vitis Vinifera Awards 2018 – Gold
Tasting notes: Alluring interlaced aromas of citrus, buttered toast, marmalade and vanilla are prominent on the nose. A zesty acidity counters the rich creamy texture on the palate, which exhibits layers of citrus, pear and butterscotch that linger on the finish.
In the vineyard: The grapes come from selected premium vineyards on Robertson Winery’s Wandsbeck farm. The vineyards are shy bearing and the berries are extremely small.
In the cellar: Only the free-run juice was used, partially settled for 12 hours and then racked off the heavy lees into new and 2nd-fill French oak. Natural fermentation took place in barrel, after which the wine was left on the primary lees and underwent malolactic fermentation in new and 2nd fill French oak barrels. The wine was aged for 18 months in barrel.
Cellar door price:approx. R150
The Little Hedonist’s food pairing suggestion: Fish, fish and more fish! Beautifully meaty game fish with lashings of garlic butter, or a creamy hollandaise sauce. Root vegetable ravioli with a burnt sage butter. Mildly spicy and fruity chicken curry or a decadently rich wild mushroom risotto. Pork chops with grilled apple or just a big bowl of chargrilled prawns with more garlic butter. This is such a versatile wine, and would marry most creamy/buttery dishes beautifully to it’s signature delicately layered finish, with just enough acidity to cut carefully through the richness of the meal.
Paying homage not only to the wines’ provenance, it elegantly acknowledges the values and morals we have built our new democratic country on, and the long road we have walked to get there. It reminds us that there is a place for tradition as well as innovation; a place for the future and for the past.
Two award winning wines by a trusted brand that promises quality, excellence, innovation and all-round satisfaction. These two wines have earned honourary permanent spots in my wine collection and although my gut feeling is begging me to only open them on special occasions, I beg to differ. These are two wines worth celebrating, for they are the special occasion, and should be enjoyed bountifully and abundantly!
About Robertson Winery
Robertson Winery, 160km from Cape Town, is situated in the beautiful Robertson Wine Valley. The tasting room is open seven days a week.
Tel: 023 626-3059 · Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ·
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Press release supplied by: Robertson Winery
Second photographer and photo credit: The Tall Hedonist, aka Timothy P. Gibson
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