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3 minutes with…Hans Astrom, Vice Chairman & Shareholder, Klein Constantia

1. What is your wine mission?

A. As the legend the late Peter Lehmann used to say: there are only three important things in wine ; quality , quality and quality.

2. Next big thing in wine?

A. The transition from glass to a new alternative bottle.

3. Your ‘go to’ glass after a hard day?

A. A light and vibrantly crisp white wine.

4. Music paradise?

A. I love powerful female voices.

5. Preferred colour?

A. Fuchsia.

6. Favourite film?

A. Casablanca

7. Fondest vintage?

A. Still to have, every new vintage experience is a journey of learning and discovery.

8. Oak or stainless steel?

A. Oak but… know how to handle it!

9. Best place to eat?

A. Italy

10. Food and wine matching purgatory?

A. Trying to match Vin De Constance with a powerful chocolate dish

11. Guilty food and wine match?

A. A lovely, chilled Muscadet with Gillardeau Oysters

12. Favourite wine writer (apart from yourself)?

A. Joanne Gibson and her reports on South African wine history

13. Wine ‘fad’ irritation?

A. Orange wine hipsters that are skimming the wave

14. Most delicious cheese?

A. Comte Extra Vieux

15. Inspiring novel?

A. All the classics we used to read as kids, Alexander Dumas and others

16. Damascene wine moment?

A ½ btl of 1947 Clos du Lambray shared with Jean Michel Lafond in April 1986, a complete eyeopener moment that was followed by many….

17. Most beautiful vineyard in the world?

A. Almost all great vineyards around the world have something special, although some are more special than others, Barolo is one.

18. Ideal last sip?

A. Bollinger RD

19. Next place to visit?

A. Etna

20. Best advice?

A. Never stop, school is open every day throughout life.



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