Sauvignon Blanc of Klein Constantia

By , 11 August 2021

If anybody is still labouring under the misconception that Sauvignon Blanc is a variety inherenly incapable of greatness, then a visit to Klein Constantia is urgently recommended. Tasting notes for new and upcoming releases as follows:

Klein Constantia Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2020
Price: R150

The property’s reason for being, every other version of Sauvignon Blanc termed “research and development” by winemaker Matt Day. Assembled from 36 different blocks, each harvested and vinified separately, this vintage saw a full 80% undergoing spontaneous fermentation and it’s predominantly unoaked. Very inviting aromatics with top notes of flowers, herbs and talcum powder before pear and peach while the palate shows pure fruit and zippy acidity. It’s not without weight but also has great poise about it, the finish long and dry – most accomplished especially given that production amounts to as much as 140 000 bottles depending on vintage.

CE’s rating: 94/100.

Klein Constantia Metis Sauvignon Blanc 2018
Not yet released.

Not yet released. Originally devised in collaboration with Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc specialist Pascal Jolivet, this is always a refined take on the variety. The 2018 underwent spontaneous fermentation and shows subtle notes of lime, grapefruit and fennel plus a little smoky reduction. The palate has great texture and layers of flavour, acidity nicely integrated, the finish long and dry.

CE’s rating: 93/100.

Klein Constantia Clara Sauvignon Blanc 2020
Not yet released.

Matured for 10 months in oak, 60% new. White peach, a hint of blackcurrant with overtones of vanilla and spice plus a slight smoky note. The palate is powerful with luscious fruit, driving acidity and a savoury finish. Rather showy compared to its counterparts but sure to have its fans.

CE’s rating: 92/100.

Klein Constantia Perdeblokke Sauvignon Blanc 2020
Not yet released.

Matured in older oak. Explosive aromatics of blackcurrant, green melon, buchu, mint, fennel and spice plus a slight sweaty note. The palate is rich, round and flavourful – dense fruit and well-integrated acidity. Plush in texture but also balanced and complex, this is utterly compelling.

CE’s rating: 96/100.

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