Aylesford ‘Constantia Fresh’ – it’s about wine not cream, I promise.

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I am a little behind the times with this one, but I booked the other day so I thought I’d do a quick post. Aylesford ‘Constantia Fresh’ Sauvignon Blanc Festival is happening in just over a week’s time and it’s looking hot.  With 2009 being such a good year for our Sauvignons it seems an excellent time to taste                                                                  and compare them to others from around the world.

It’s not cheap – I sold one of my kidneys to a Nigerian drug dealer over the weekend, so I’m covered – but I reckon it will  be worth it. The event is over three days, and the activities are straight from a food and wine lover’s wet-dream.

On Friday the 27th there is an international tasting, and quoting from the website:

Buitenverwachting hosts the International Sauvignon Blanc Tasting in their Old Cellar. Guests will taste wines of differing vintages from the best producers of the Loire, alongside New Zealand and the Constantia region with the purpose of establishing stylistic differences, ageability, strong and weak points in comparison to other world-class Sauvignon Blancs.

This is the event I sold a kidney for, I tried to sell my liver as well but they just laughed and made some joke about putting bald tyres on a new car. Anyway, this is what I’ll be sipping on next Friday afternoon:

Four different wines of Francois Cotat of  Sancerre
Three different wines of Dagueneau, Didier Pouilly Fume
Domaine Philippe Gilbert Menetou Salon, Les Renardières
Four different wines of  Michel Redde Pouilly Fumé
Three different wines of Alphonse Mellot
Henry Marionnet
Two wines of Pascal Gitton Sancerre

New Zealand
2007 Three Stone Sauvignon Blanc
2007 Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc
2008 Saint Clair Pioneers Block 3constanttia fresh
2008 Craggy Range Te Muna Vineyard
2009 Cloudy Bay
2008 Kim Crawford
2008 Babich
2008 Wild Rock Infamous Goose
2008 Ata Rangi
2007 Babich Black Label
2008 Koru

South Africa
Three different wines  of Buitenverwachting Wine Estate
Three different wines of Constantia Glen
Three different wines Groot Constantia
Three different wines Klein Constantia
Three different wines Constantia Uitsig
Three different wines Steenberg Vineyards

I got excited just copying and pasting that. I need to do a bit of research on these areas, and I’ll try put together a bit of an overview of each of them before the tasting, and the report back the following week.

If the Nigerians had taken my liver I would also have attended the Friday night dinner at La Colombe, the International Reds tasting the next day followed by a picnic on the lawns of Buitenverwachting Estate.

Imagine me taking your hands, making you sit down and then staring intently into your eyes. Right got that? Now let me impress upon you how absolutely wonderful this weekend will be. If you can’t fork out the cash (or have spare body parts to flog) for the first two events, try get to the Sunday afternoon one.  I’ll put my balls on the line, nay, on the chopping block and say that if you like wine and food this will easily be one of the best days you have this year.

How can I be so sure you ask? How can he put his balls out there so fearlessly? Well it is because last year I attended a Riesling festival organised by the same guy who is setting this festival up, one Jörg Pfützner. Jörg’s a legend, with a jorg ridiculous wine knowledge and a formidable palate. Wait, can a palate be ‘formidable’? If so, Jörg’s is. The Riesling Festival (this is what went down) was fucking ridonkulous – to steal a phrase from Gary V – seriously, I drank the best Riesling of my life, ate food that made me want to cry, and experienced pairings that made my toes curl in ecstasy. If  ol’ Jörg can match that this year, you’ll kick yourself if you don’t go.

Go now and get a ticket. Take your girlfriend or boyfriend and they will love you for ever, or at least a week. Whatever, just go now because space is limited and last time I saw Jörg he said there weren’t too many left.


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