Rousseau Sacharia Wooded Sauvignon Blanc 2016
By Christian Eedes, 17 January 2017
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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