The 2002 shiraz was launched in 2004, its Constitution Road name marking its winery’s home address in Robertson as well as 10 years of South African democracy under its new constitution.
Today, some 12 years later, the SA constitution is doing valuable work in upholding various aspects of that democracy while the flagship 2012 shiraz - complete with its new label illustrating the four democratic pillars – continues to offer consumers a rich, succulent wine, aromas of dark plum and blackberry leading to well-structured flavours, spice complemented with a hint of chocolate and a long finish. Along with its four –and-half-star Platter rating, it attracted awards at Decanter World wine, Syrah du Monde, and both the Shiraz SA Challenge and Michelangelo back home.
As the shiraz comes into its own to complement warming winter fare, it now boasts a partner: Robertson Winery's 2014 Constitution Road chardonnay is a worthy companion, a full-bodied classic , with citrus and toast on the nose, followed by flavours of marmalade and butterscotch, vanilla pointing to its time in new French oak and enough zest to maintain freshness. It will hold its own with a range of dishes from richly sauced poultry and seafood to luscious cheesecake on the dessert plate. It follows its partner by attracting international recognition, in this case from the 2016 Chardonnay du Monde.
The syrah sells for around R180 and the chardonnay is priced at R110. Both are likely to benefit from cellaring - one wonders how many consumer will do this...