There are always new and exciting things happening at Klein Constantia. Last week they launched the 2011 vintage of their Vin de Constance, one of the Cape’s iconic wines. It was the Golden era of Cape wine when Constantia Wine was written about by famous writers such as Dickens, Jane Austen and Baudelaire.
Sweet Constantia wine has been favoured by European royalty since at least the 1770s. An October 1777 inventory for Prussian King Frederick the Great’s cellar at Schloss Sanssouci included 409 bottles of “Capp Constancia”. In November 1782, Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette had considerably more Constantia than Bordeaux or even Burgundy in their cellar at Versailles – a remarkable 2,634 bottles of “Vin du cap de Constance”.
Pomp and ceremony has surrounded Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Britain two weeks ago, making it most fitting that Klein Constantia’s Vin de Constance 2008 was among the wines served at the state banquet hosted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.
Coming up for two years old, the Klein Constantia Metis Sauvignon Blanc 2014 was inspired by Pascal Jolivet and his holistic approach to winemaking in Sancerre. Using a unique and minimalistic approach to winemaking, we were able to make a wine that shows the true expression of the Constantia terroir. The name Metis refers to the collaboration between the two winemakers, Jolivet and Klein Constantia’s Matt Day to produce this great wine. The grapes were hand harvested from some of the higher vineyards on the estate. Vineyard Blocks with a high acidity and low pH were selected to withstand the way in which the wine is made. The wine underwent a long, cool fermentation and was left to mature on its fine lees for 9 months in stainless steel tanks. There was no sulphur added at crush, no settling and there was minimal winemaking interference.
It looks like
Packed in the bottle embossed with the Constantia logo, the fusion of philosophies is reflected in the flower on the label that is a hybrid of the South African Protea and French Iris. In the glass a pale gold with green amber flashes.
It smells like
Pure classical good Sauvignon aromas. White fleshed peaches and nectarines. Grapefruit oil.
It tastes like
Rich, vibrant palate. Generous fruit, blackcurrant leaves, almost savoury. Minerals present in the exciting lime squirt in the long aftertaste. This is a laster if well stored could go up to 8 years after vintage.
It’s good with
This is a glass to drink in quiet contemplation. Really loves food. The fresh zingy tastes of Jane-Anne Hobbs’s Cold Cucumber, Herb & Yoghurt Soup with Verjuice Granita is a perfect partnership with the Metis. Click here for her recipe.
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