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Constantia Glen Two 2011

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Trying too hard?

I’m a big fan of the straight Sauvignon Blanc from Constantia Glen (see here) but I found the maiden release Bordeaux-style white blend slightly disappointing. Consisting of 60% Sauvignon Blanc and 40% Semillon, the individual components were fermented and matured for six months in a combination of new, second- and third-fill 600-litre barrels.

Quite neutral on the nose, the palate is medium bodied yet paradoxically quite thick textured. The total acidity is not low at 6.3g/l and yet the wine feels ever so slightly listless. Notes of white peach and tangerine plus a hint of oak. No green character to speak of, which is in its favour. Not cheap at R175 a bottle. Score: 15.5/20.

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