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Constantia Glen Sauvignon Blanc 2012

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When is a blend a blend and when is it a single-variety wine? The 2011 Bordeaux-style white from Constantia Glen (called “Two”) is a 60:40 Sauvignon-Semillon combo while the property’s straight Sauvignon typically also includes a small portion of Semillon, 10% in the case of the newly released 2012.

Seems to me that less is more when it comes to the use of Semillon for Constantia Glen for while  Two 2011 appeared a touch unwieldy, the Sauvignon Blanc 2012 (R100 a bottle) is a cracker. Great flavour intensity with lime, green bean and a touch of grapefruit. Rich and textured but also vibrant acidity – a really nicely balanced wine which should only improve over the next three years. Archetypal Constantia white. Score: 17/20.

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