Innovative South African winemaker, Alex Dale, created a sumptuous wine dinner for guests and training for our sommeliers at Constance Le Prince Maurice.
Constance Le Prince Maurice
At the Winery of Good Hope, Dale has made it his mission to create a range of wines to showcase exciting new varieties, vineyards and even alternative winemaking techniques.
He says, ‘The fact that the pioneering settlers of 1652 named their new land The Cape of Good Hope is proof of their faith in this area’s potential. Wine grapes were among the first crops to be grown there, starting in 1655… Today, this land – and this industry – still holds so much untapped potential.’
A confirmed Burgundy lover, when Dale founded the winery in 1998 he was determined to champion the much maligned South African Chenin, which he has succeeded in putting on the map in the last 15 years.
Dale also brings his passion to the cultivation of surprising Pinot Noirs, Pinotages, Viogniers and Chardonnays.
On his visit to Constance Le Prince Maurice, Dale took the time to organise a private wine tasting with our sommeliers when he was able to tell them personally all about his wine and his winery.
Guests at the hotel were then invited to attend a special wine dinner featuring some of Dale’s favourite wines including:
- Renaissance, Chenin blanc 2012
- Freedom, Pinot Noir, 2012
- Freedom 2008/2010
- Winery of Good Hope’s Syrah 2011
- Old Vine Viognier 2011.
Find out more
Take a journey of taste and discovery through some of South Africa’s finest wines with elite winemaker Charles Williams of De Toren when he visits Constance in the Seychelles from 3-10 November.
De Toren at Constance Hotels & Resorts
Having won a gold medal from IWSC for its maiden wine in 1999, a Cabernet Sauvignon driven five varietal Bordeaux-style blend, De Toren’s reputation has continued to soar with latter vintages winning numerous accolades, including the elusive ‘5 Stars’ from John Platter.
What lies behind the success of De Toren
Williams explains the success of the privately-owned boutique winery:
‘Fine wines are my passion! For me a fine wine is created and moulded in the vineyard first, then perfected in the cellar. I believe that every terroir has a given potential to produce quality, and to unlock quality one must be a student of nature, learning and observing every moment!’
At the De Toren wine cellar this means an organic approach to viticulture to get the most from the soil and a series of micro-harvests, based on near infra-red aerial imaging to ensure that each small cluster of grapes is picked at its optimum ripeness.
De Toren at Constance Ephélia and Lémuria
Guests at Constance Ephélia and Constance Lémuria will have the opportunity to sample some of De Toren’s finest vintages as well as meet and talk with Charles Williams at special wine events from 3-10 November.
Visit their website to find out more about De Toren wines.
Constance Hotels Experience sommeliers at Vinexpo, 2011
At Constance Hotels, wine is a key feature of our special culinary spirit. We have some of the best sommeliers working with us, and our wine menu includes wines from small vineyards that you can’t find anywhere else.
Last month, some of our sommeliers attended the 10th VinExpo in Bordeaux, France. They were:
Take a look at our culinary section for more information about recipes and wine from Constance Hotels.