Klein Constantia Perdeblokke Sauvignon Blanc 2016

By , 7 July 2017

Klein Constantia Perdeblokke Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Klein Constantia Perdeblokke Sauvignon Blanc 2016


Klein Constantia winemaker Matt Day says that the 2016 was the earliest since 1986 and the wines are perhaps a tiny notch down on those of the exceptional 2015 but still very accomplished.

Klein Constantia Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Price: R130
On the nose, attractive notes of blossom and fresh herbs to go with citrus and white peach. With pure fruit, zippy acidity and a pithy finish, this is as neat and tidy as Sauvignon gets. Total production: 120 000 bottles.

Editor’s rating: 91/100.

Klein Constantia Organic Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Not yet released.
Grapes from the nearby Zonnestraal property. Shy on the nose – hints of citrus and herbs. The palate shows succulent fruit and fresh acidity before a very dry finish. That much more substantial than its counterpart above.

Editor’s rating: 92/100.

Metis  Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Not yet released
A collaboration between Klein Constantia and Sancerre producer Pascal Jolivet, this wine is made using a spontaneous fermentation and low sulphur additions. Very aromatic with a fynbos top note before citrus, peach, apple and grapefruit. Lovely weight and texture, the acidity nicely integrated and a gently savoury quality to the finish.

Editor’s rating: 94/100.

Glendirk Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Not yet released.
A joint venture between Klein Constantia and a nearby property which has vineyard but no processing facilities. A singular wine with citrus and fynbos on the nose before a palate which is lean and fresh, the finish long and particularly savoury, almost salty.

Editor’s rating: 92/100.

Klein Constantia Perdeblokke Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Klein Constantia Perdeblokke Sauvignon Blanc 2016

To have and to hold.

Klein Constantia Perdeblokke Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Not yet released.
From a single vineyard. Subtle notes of pear, lime and fynbos on the nose. The palate is very pure and focused, the way the wine comes to a point in the mouth quite striking.  A true collector’s item.

Editor’s rating: 94/100.


4 comment(s)

  • Udo13 July 2017

    5 sauvignons and all above 90 points.
    93 – 95: Outstanding.
    90 – 92: Excellent.

    Do you rate these wines compared to other varietals, international standards? Maybe we should start a rating system between 90 and 110 points…

  • Kevin R14 July 2017

    Udo taste and compare notes 😉

    That Perdeblokke is always a beast though.

  • Jaco van Zyl14 July 2017

    I generally enjoy the Klein Constantia Sauvignons quite a lot (particularly the Perdeblokke:)) and the ratings would fit with my expectations – if my expectations of someone else’s ratings or tasting notes had any relevance.

    As a reference, the Tim Atkin 2016 report listed 6 Sauvignons from Klein Constantia, all 90 or above (5 at 93-94).

  • Christian14 July 2017

    Surely the question is: “Is Klein Constantia making world-class Sauvignon Blanc under the new management regime?” And, taking into account a variety of critical opinions, the answer appears to be “Yes”.

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