Constantia Royale Sauvignon Blanc 2015

December 16, 2015
by Christian
in What I Drank Last Night
with 0 Comments
Constantia Royale Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Saddled up.

Situated in the Constantia valley, Nova Zonnestraal dates back to the 1700s when it formed part of Alphen’s land. Today it belongs to Don and Lynn Rowand, he formerly a big shot in the insurance business and she active in the art market. “My family bought the property in 1935-36 and I grew up with the soil in my toes. Although we lived in Johannesburg for a long while, I was always wanted to come back,” says Lynn.

The property is 16ha in size and in addition to vineyard, there is an olive grove and a top show jumping yard. Roger Burton, previously of Piekenierskloof farm Tierhoek, is winemaker and vinification takes place at nearby Steenberg.

The wine is typically Constantia in flavour profile, showing green pepper, lime and honeydew melon. It’s rich thanks in part to six months on the lees but also has brisk acidity and there’s some pyrazine bite on the finish. It feels a little awkward now and will no doubt have greater composure is six months’ time. Cellar door price: R99 a bottle.

#WinemagRating: 88/100.

Tagged , ,

Share this post

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

SHOP ONLINE
winemag-storm
ADVERTISING
ADVERTISING
HOT AND HAPPENING
AEC v1.0.4
  • June 8, 2017Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show Public Tasting – Cape Town
  • June 9, 2017Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show Public Tasting – Johannesburg
AEC v1.0.4
ADVERTISING
newlstter2 Get the biggest stories of the past fortnight sent directly to your inbox. subscribe
FACEBOOK
TWITTER
ADVERTISING
BE SAFE

Wine magazine was published from October 1993 until September 2011 & now lives on in digital form as Winemag.co.za. We cover everything to do with SA fine wine.

XSLT Plugin by Leo Jiang