Metis Sauvignon Blanc 2013 (R170 a bottle) is a collaboration between Klein Constantia and Sancerre producer Pascal Jolivet. Featuring fruit from one of the highest vineyard blocks on the Constantia property, sulphur additions were kept to a minimum and fermentation was spontaneous. “Not what you get taught at the University of Stellenbosch,” says winemaker Matthew Day.
The idea is to oxidise away the unstable flavour compounds in order to obtain the best possible expression of terroir. When I tasted a tank sample in January, I found it a bit too intellectual in its restraint. Now bottled, however, I think it’s a stonker. Supremely elegant, it shows pear, white peach, lime, fynbos and just a hint of reduction. It’s markedly light in body but equally very intense and the finish is long and particularly pithy. KC really is showing the way when it comes to top-end Sauvignon.