Klein Constantia Sauvignon Blanc 2018

By , 21 January 2020

Dry white.

While Klein Constantia is known first and foremost for the iconic sweet wine Vin de Constance, it’s also built a reputation for top-quality Sauvignon Blanc over the years.

Frankly, however, the 2018 vintage of its standard label is a bit ho-hum. Tank fermented and matured for seven months on the lees, the nose is relatively subdued with vague notes of white peach, naartjie and a little to fynbos to go with some leesy complexity. The palate is rich and full with a creamy texture and coated acidity. There’s nothing terribly wrong with it but given that it’s a wine which sells for R150 a bottle, which puts it ahead of the excellent Elgin Sauvignon Blanc of the same vintage from Tokara (R140) and not far behind something like Iona 2019 (R165), the punter is entitled to have relatively high expectations which I don’t believe this wine lives up to…

CE’s rating: 89/100.

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