Friday, October 12, 2018

MENU's Wine of the Week. Constantia Royale Sauvignon blanc 2016

This is from Nova Zonnestraal, a Constantia vineyard which is believed to be one of the oldest in the Cape, but which has only been producing its own wines in the last five years. It is made from the farm’s own Sauvignon blanc, with an addition of 15% Semillon which is bought in, as their own Semillon vines are too young to be harvested. Herbaceous passion fruit and a very light pyrazine hint on the nose and the palate, with crisp varietal acidity, good mineral structure and a long finish. It will be a good match for dishes with a creamy base or sauce

One of the top 20 Sauvignons in this year’s FNB Sauvignon Top10 challenge, it was made by Roger Burton, well-known as winemaker for Tierhoek in the Piekenierskloof area. Roger has Constantia roots and a good understanding of the terroir, as he worked under Hermann Kirschbaum at Buitenverwachting in the early part of his career. It was awarded 4½ stars in Platter. Sadly, the 2016 is sold out, but the 2018 vintage is available from Wade Bales at R99

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