If the 2015 vintage of Sacharia Wooded Sauvignon Blanc from former Constantia Uitsig viticulturist and winemaker André Rousseau was a bit workmanlike (see here), the 2016 vintage is a significant notch up.
From Elgin grapes and vinified at Steenberg in Constantia, the wine was barrel fermented (30% spontaneous) and matured for eight months in second- and third-fill barrels.
The nose is complex and subtle: white peach, black currant grape fruit, granadilla and even a little green pepper which in this instance only adds interest. The palate is nicely creamy in texture with layers of flavour. Perhaps a bit short of zip and zing but that is to be hyper-critical. Price: R190 a bottle.
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