As wine quality rises in any one category so des the bar gets raised in the sense of what constitutes greatness. Local Sauvignon Blanc has improved dramatically over the last decade or so but are there any truly world-class examples out there at the moment?
Klein Constantia is setting the pace – the Perdeblokke 2012 a new benchmark (see here) and the Estate 2013 not far behind (here). What are they getting right? Viticultural diligence (eight blocks now registered as single vineyard) and a particularly deft touch from winemaker Matthew Day.
MD Hans Astrom has talked about top-end companion wines to Perdeblokke and in fact one has already been released but you won’t find mention of it in the current Platter’s. Called somewhat prosaically Block 382 and from the 2012 vintage, grapes come from a block a little higher than the celebrated Perdeblokke and more east facing.
If Day’s other wines to date are notable for their precision, Block 382 is a lot more unconventional. While Perdeblokke was inoculated, this underwent spontaneous fermentation and was barrel aged. Yellow apple, quince and a touch of white pepper. Slightly volatile which adds rather than detracts. Tangy acidity. It’s geeky but delicious. Only available from The Greenhouse at the Cellars-Hohenort in Constantia and Restaurant Mosaic in Pretoria.