While we are approaching Autumn, there are still some lovely days when sitting on the stoep with a glass of Groot Constantia Sauvignon Blanc 2019 will be a great pleasure. The grapes for the wine come from a number of blocks, though all face south to south east. Planted on Glenrosa and Hutton soils, the vines produce 6 tons per hectare. There is a 7% component of Semillon, which I always feel brings a bit of gravitas to the rather spritely puckish Sauvignon Blanc. Must admit that this White Bordeaux Style Blend is one of my favourite styles of white wine.
The grapes on the Estate are hand harvested, usually early in the morning before the sunshine lights upon the vineyards. Once in the cellar, they are destemmed and crushed directly to the press. Here the juice is allowed some skin contact to build the flavours. Free run juice is then run off and this goes through to stainless steel tanks for fermentation. Once this process is complete, the wine then lies on its lees for four months, this helps to build up the mid palate and adds to the general flavour profile. The wine is then prepared for bottling.
From a Burgundy shaped bottle and closed with a screw cap. The bottle has the word Constantia embossed in glass at the neck. The label is the elegant usual Groot Constantia style with an enchanting etching of the Manor House upon it. In the glass, the wine is a pale citrine in colour with fresh lime green flashes when held up to the light. The aromas are a good Sauvignon mix of the green and the tropical, fynbos herbaceousness, fresh cut grass, peas and figs, granadilla and melon. These are all repeated in the generous palate and perfectly counterbalanced by a thread of fruit acidity from entry into the long and very satisfying aftertaste. Boela Gerber has made an impressive glass. It will age well over a couple of years if cool cellared.
The Groot Constantia Sauvignon Blanc 2019 is a perfect glass on its own for serious sipping, mid morning or at sundown. If is a fabulous food wine and will go as well with a crunchy green summery salad as it will with a fine pasta dish. Dianne Bibby’s Simple Pesto Pasta is a great match. Click here for her recipe.
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