Groot Constantia Sauvignon Blanc 2020
The 2020 vintage follows on from the 2019 vintage which won the accolade of the world's best Sauvignon Blanc.
Groot Constantia is South Africa's oldest estate and one of South Africa's most visited tourist attractions. In 1685 Cape Governor Simon van der Stel built a farm on Table Mountain, which he named Constantia. Groot Constantia received world acclaim from Napoleon, Bismarck and King Louis Philippe of France who was the biggest single buyer of Groot Constantia wines. They had to sell to the Cape government after phylloxera ravaged the vineyards. Now, the total estate covers 165 hectares of which 87 hectares are planted, at a height of 60 - 280 metres above sea level. The climate is generally cool resulting in complex and balanced wines.
The grapes were picked when fully ripe from two different vineyards on high and low vineyards. Made using reductive methods and fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Skin contact lasted 8 hours. No wood maturation was used.
A full-bodied wine, showing the typical character of Sauvignon Blanc, grown in the cool-climate area of Constantia close to Cape Town. Distinct ripe fig and gooseberry flavours, with green pepper and grassy tones. An elegant wine with a fresh and complex finish.
Everyday Serving Suggestion
This versatile wine accompanies fresh mussels with garlic butter, tuna carpaccio drizzled with virgin olive oil, or grilled calamari in a lime and ginger marinade.
4 Sars (Decanter), Tim Atkin's Top South African Wines
Country / Region / Appellation
ZA / Constantia / Constantia Wine of Origin