Klein Constania

Sauvignon Blanc 2003

Sauvignon Blanc 2003

Sauvignon Blanc is grown on the lower, south-facing slopes of Klein Constantia Estate. 

Atlantic and Indian ocean breezes ensure a relatively long and cool growing season, resulting in wines of distinctive varietal character. Unirrigated soils consists of decomposed Table Mountain granite.

Grapes were harvested in mid-February. Yields were moderate and quality high in this near-perfect vintage. Limited skin contact in rototanks was given for greater extraction and fuller flavours, followed by cool fermentation in stainless steel tanks. The wine was fermented dry and bottled 7 months after harvest, with no use of oak or malolactic fermentation. 

Tasting Notes

The lively, limpid straw-yellow, green-tinged colour hint at the classic cooler-climate Klein Constantia style. Forthcoming aromas of granadilla, fig and wild scrub lead to equally piquant and concentrated flavours of pineapple and ripe citrus fruit. Fresh acidity and firm minerality carry through to a long, savoury finish. 

Maturation

Drinking well now, but will happily keep a further 3 years

Wine Details

Vintage: 2003

Alcohol: 13.7 % vol

Residual Sugar: 1.7 g/l

pH: 3.32

Total Acid: 7.0 g/l

Composition: 90% Sauvignon Blanc, 10% Semillon