2018 Constantia Glen, Sauvignon Blanc, Constantia, South Africa

2018 Constantia Glen, Sauvignon Blanc, Constantia, South Africa

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2018 Constantia Glen, Sauvignon Blanc, Constantia, South Africa

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This wine expresses the coolness of the 2018 vintage in Constantia: it’s perfumed and elegant, with notes of lime zest, subtle gooseberry and melon. On the palate, razor-sharp acidity is gently tempered by the presence of a touch of Sémillon (2%). Subtle flecks of fennel and nettle complete the picture. This would be the perfect accompaniment to Vietnamese food, sashimi or goats’ cheese dishes. Ready to drink now.
Daisy Gatt, Buying Assistant (spring 2019)
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Constantia Glen

Constantia Glen

Constantia Glen is the newest of the eight wineries which have established themselves in the enclave of Constantia in South Africa, close to Cape Town itself. A landscape with a rich viticultural history, it is widely regarded as one of the country’s finest natural areas in which to produce premium wine.

Although the region is more commonly known for its white varietals, Constantia Glen’s unique position – lying between a gap in the mountains – allows red grapes to mature perfectly here as they bask in an additional one and a half hours’ sunlight every day. As such, Constantia Glen has made a name for its elegant, complex and beautifully balanced Bordeaux blends, wines which show exceptional value for money.

The red wines are based on the traditional Bordeaux grapes. The “Three” uses Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot; while the “Five” has the addition of Malbec and Petit Verdot.

The reds are joined by two whites: a refreshing, crisp and classically proportioned Sauvignon Blanc and an energetic blend, the “Two”, which is made predominantly with Sauvignon Blanc (as one of the most aromatically pure examples in the country), with a touch of Sémillon to enhance its many layers.

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Constantia

Constantia

The historically important if tiny wine district of Constantia lies in Cape Town’s southern wards, and on the most southerly point of Africa, the Cape of Good Hope.

Constantia is most famous for its ancient dessert wine Vin de Constance (made from Muscat de Frontignan)  as produced by Klein Constantia estate.

The cooling, south-easterly sea breezes make Constantia a natural site for Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon as well as Muscat.

The district is home to a mere 8 wine estates, including Klein Constantia, Groot Constantia, Buitervenwachting, Constantia Uitsig, Eagles' Nest, Steenberg, Constantia Glen

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Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc

An important white grape in Bordeaux and the Loire Valley that has now found fame in New Zealand and now Chile. It thrives on the gravelly soils of Bordeaux and is blended with Sémillon to produce fresh, dry, crisp  Bordeaux Blancs, as well as more prestigious Cru Classé White Graves.

It is also blended with Sémillon, though in lower proportions, to produce the great sweet wines of Sauternes. It performs well in the Loire Valley and particularly on the well-drained chalky soils found in Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, where it produces bone dry, highly aromatic, racy wines, with grassy and sometimes smoky, gunflint-like nuances.

In New Zealand, Cloudy Bay in the 1980s began producing stunning Sauvignon Blanc wines with extraordinarily intense nettly, gooseberry, and asparagus fruit, that set Marlborough firmly on the world wine map. Today many producers are rivalling Cloudy Bay in terms of quality and Sauvignon Blanc is now New Zealand`s trademark grape.

It is now grown very successfully in Chile producing wines that are almost halfway between the Loire and New Zealand in terms of fruit character. After several false starts, many South African producers are now producing very good quality, rounded fruit-driven Sauvignon Blancs.

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The Wine Advocate85/100
Constantia Glen's 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, the fruit coming from the estate, sees no oak contact and is blended with 4% Sémillon. It offers light tropical tones on the nose, nicely defined, with the five months on the lees lending a little complexity. The palate is fresh on the entry with grapefruit and bitter lemon notes - quite compact with sharp acidity and a sharp, slightly terse finish.
Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate (autumn 2015) Read more
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Breezy, stony but succulent Sauvignon Blanc. A disciplined and deep core and intricate aromatics of flint and cape gooseberry. Long and stony finish.
IWC 2019, winner of the South African White and South African Sauvignon Blanc Trophy

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