Constantia Royale Sauvignon Blanc
Cape Town seems to be returning to its weather patterns of cold, wet winters, and dry, windy summers. These conditions make grape farming much less challenging, and the vines just looked really happy this season, giving us a record high harvest of 45 tons!!
We make the Sauvignon from 2 slopes: A West facing slope in rich soil, that adds lots of ripe tropical flavours and a citrus backbone, and an East facing slope on decomposed granite and clay soils, that produces really lean, elegant wine, with lots of minerality, that we age in barrel. The Semillon is grown on the West slope, and we get really textured, round wine from these grapes, which helps to soften the Sauvignon Blanc, and add some more dimension. The final wine is an elegant, concentrated Sauvignon Blanc, poised between ripe tropical summer flavours, and a green, mineral herbaceousness. The acidity is perfectly balanced, and the wine is made to be drunk in its youth.