I thought Perdeblokke Sauvignon Blanc 2012 from Klein Constantia was one of the very best of the vintage, a particularly statuesque rendition of the variety. What of the recently-released 2013 (R215 a bottle from Wine Cellar)?
Grapes come from a select group of vineyards some 200 meters above sea level, the name Perdeblokke coming from the horses that tilled the soils in times gone by. Of interest is that the wine was matured for nine months in neutral 500-litre barrels.
I have to say that at this stage of it life, I find it somewhat bemusing. On the nose, there’s a subtle note of gunsmoke-like reduction, lime and white peach but also a sugar snap pea note which while not unpleasant makes it that little bit less distinguished than the 2012. The palate has very concentrated fruit and nicely coated acidity, the wine having tang rather than zip.
It’s serious stuff, possessing similar weight and power to the 2012 but perhaps not the same grace. In its defence, however, it’s a particular wine from a particular place made in a particular year and surely the point is to celebrate this rather than expecting it to represent some kind of ideal.