The festive season is upon us and with it comes the need to buy that perfect gift – whether it is for a colleague, family, special friend – or perhaps something to treat yourself with at the end of a long year.
A carefully chosen bottle of wine makes for just such a perfect gift, and for someone extra special you can always pair it with beautiful wine glasses or decadent edible treats.
Whether you are dreaming of a white (wine) Christmas, or perhaps even a red one – there are many great wine options to choose from in South Africa.
Groot Constantia, South Africa’s oldest wine producing estate with an uninterrupted 333 year history of making hand-crafted wines, provides some award winning wine gift suggestions that will make any recipient happy!
White wine suggestions:
Groot Constantia Chardonnay 2017
Also a winner at the 2018 Top 100 Wines Competition, scooping a Double Platinum award, the Groot Constantia Chardonnay 2017 won Gold at the 2018 Novare SA Terroir Wine Awards as well as Gold at the Michelangelo Wine Awards. Its intense citrus aromas and flavours make it the perfect partner to a braaied crayfish or roast chicken with tangerines.
Groot Constantia Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Another wonderful white wine choice, the Groot Constantia Sauvignon Blanc 2017 won a Double Gold award at the 2018 Top 100 Wines Competition as well as Gold award at the 2018 Michelangelo Wine Awards. Its ripe summer fruit and citrus aroma and flavours are delicious paired with fresh oysters!
Red Wine gift suggestions:
Groot Constantia Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
This Groot Constantia red wine is also a Double Platinum award winner from the 2018 Top 100 Wines Competition. This full bodied wine with its flavours of blackcurrants, cherries and cinnamon pairs beautifully with dishes such as lamb chops with roasted vegetables.
Groot Constantia Shiraz 2015 and 2016
Another Double Platinum award winner at the 2018 Top 100 Wines Competition, and a Gold award winner from the 2018 Novare SA Terroir Awards, the Groot Constantia Shiraz 2015 is a much-loved favourite amongst many. Once you taste it it is easy to see why!
The 2016 vintage also makes for a great gift for red-wine lovers. This wine with its plum, liquorice and black pepper aromas and flavours won Gold at the 2018 Syrah-Du-Monde wine awards.
Groot Constantia Merlot 2015 and 2016
Merlot is often the red wine of choice for many people, and the Groot Constantia Merlot 2015 will not disappoint – as is attested to by its recent Double Platinum award from the 2018 Top 100 Wines Competition.
The 2016 vintage of Groot Constantia’s Merlot is equally as impressive with its Gold award from the 2018 Novare SA Terroir Wine Awards.
The sweetest gift suggestion:
Groot Constantia Grand Constance 2015
Last but most certainly not least is Groot Constantia’s iconic wine, the Grand Constance 2015. This wine is Christmas personified in a glass!
This signature wine, which is a brand from the Napoleonic era, has won more awards than Santa has reindeer. In 2018 alone the awards brought home include: Gold at the Monde Selection International Wine Show; Double Platinum and Grand Cru National Champion Best in Class at the Top 100 Wine Competition; Gold at the Muscat Du Monde awards; Gold at the Novare SA Terroir Wine Awards and Gold Outstanding at the International Wine and Spirits Competition.
Predominantly white Muscat with a small percentage of red Muscat, which give Grand Constance a beautiful amber colour, this sweet wine has aromas and flavours of caramel, honey and toffee with a hint of Turkish Delight. Savour it at the end of your main meal with chocolate, dried fruit, nuts, soft cheeses or puddings like pavlova and cheesecake.