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Klein Constantia Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Klein Constantia Sauvignon Blanc 750ml 2012     
Sku: 1848384

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Klein Constantia is custodian to South Africa’s most historic vineyards. Located in the Table Mountain Valley, the first vineyards of Constantia were planted in 1685 by the Governor of the Cape, Simon van der Stel, who recognized the uniqueness of location, climate and decomposed granite soils. Klein Constantia’s lusciously sweet wine, Vin de Constance, rose to prominence in the 1800s. It was savored by the likes of Napoleon Bonapart, Queen Victoria and Thomas Jefferson and found its way into the writing of many great 18th and 19th century authors. Unfortunately, its production ceased in the mid-19th century when odium infected the vineyards, only to be followed by the arrival of phylloxera. After many years of research and consultation by some of South Africa’s top historians and viticulturists, the wine was resurrected in 1986 to almost instant acclaim and has enjoyed top accolades ever since. Today, Klein Constantia is owned by Czech-American investor and philanthropist, Zdenek Bakala, UK based businessman, Charles Harman and recent new partners, Bruno Prats of Chateau Cos d’Estournel and Hubert de Bouard of Chateau Angelus. With the ocean just six miles away, the cool climate and near constant sea breeze create ideal growing conditions. The 600 million-year-old granite soils are well-draining, fertile decomposed granite with high clay content. They ensure good water retention which is important given the long dry summers of the Cape.

Tasting notes
A light green in color, this wine offers true varietal notes of gooseberry, lemon and lime. On the palate, notes of papaya, sweet melon, lemon, lime and passion fruit are framed by a hint of clove. Crisp minerality is nicely complemented by fresh acidity.

Rating
 Wine Advocate 90 points (Oct 2013)
The 2012 Sauvignon Blanc has a very attractive nose with scents of greengage, fresh gooseberry and dewy green apples. It is quite understated at first, gradually unfurling in the glass but all the time remaining extremely composed. The palate is fresh and crisp on the entry with gooseberry, Cornice pear and Granny Smith apples. It is nicely balanced with well-judged acidity and just a slight loss of concentration on the finish. Drink now-2015.

Technical notes
All vineyard blocks are kept completely separate until the final blend is determined, just before bottling. This allows each individual block to reveal its potential. The grapes are hand harvested and bunch sorted when necessary. The wine is fermented cool in stainless steel to reserve its primary fruit aromas and flavors.

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Country: South Africa
Region: Coastal Region
Sub-Region: Constantia
Grape Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
Type: Still wine
 
Reg. 20.99
On Sale $16.89
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