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Klein Constantia Mme Marlbrook 2006

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Looking young for its age.
Looking young for its age.

I gather that the white blend that was Mme Malbrook from Klein Constantia is to be discontinued. A pity as a bottle of the 2006 drunk recently at Cape Town harbour restaurant Panama Jacks was compelling.

The wine was always basically a Bordeaux white blend given a twist by the addition of a little Muscat de Frontignan, 60% Semillon, 37% Sauvignon Blanc and 3% Muscat in the case of the 2006, the different components barrel fermented and then blended before being matured for 11 months in 500-litre French oak barrels.

Some gravel-road dustiness, straw, peach, kiwi fruit and a touch of age-induced honey. Great mouthfeel and coated acidity. Some white pepper on the finish. It showed some development but none of those assembled guessed it was quite as old as it was. The last bottle in the house, it was listed at R350 but co-owner Gavin Pittaway treated us as he wanted to make a point about the age-worthiness of SA whites.

Score: 91/100.

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