It’s no secret that after Pieter Erasmus, CEO of retail group Pepkor, acquired Constantia Uitsig at the end of 2013, he undertook a clean sweep including a complete staff overhaul.
Former viticulturist and winemaker André Rousseau managed to buy some of the property’s Sauvignon Blanc from the 2015 harvest on his way out and set about making a wine under his own label at Steenberg.
Called Sacharia after a female predecessor, his family descendant from the French Huguenots of the 17th Century, the wine underwent spontaneous fermentation and was matured for seven months in two second-fill, 600-litre French oak barrels. Price: R190 a bottle.
It has an elusive nose of pear and white peach and the palate is similarly subtle and understated – broad with moderate acidity and well integrated oak. Turns out that the wine has a RS of 7.5g/l (spontaneous ferments often don’t finish completely dry) and this is no doubt contributing to a thick textured character. It’s very well assembled if a bit lacking in excitement right now but most likely will be more happily resolved in 12 months’ time.