Sauvignon Blanc from Darling, Durbanville and Elim has generated all the hype in recent times but it would be short-sighted to overlook the ward that gave us the seemingly immortal Klein Constantia 1986 as made by the late Ross Gower.
Proof that Constantia can still hack it two decades on comes in the shape of Klein Constantia Limited Release Perdeblokke Sauvignon Blanc 2009. Damn smart stuff, all the more so because it suggests that the dichotomy between green and lean and rich and full so entrenched at the moment is not the only way of understanding local Savvie.
Here’s a wine that tends towards green but rather than being aggressively herbal or peppery shows pure lime fruit; conversely, it has weight (matured on the lees for 11 months) but is not at all clumsy. The acidity runs through the wine like live electrical current. Wonderfully self-contained. Score: 18/20.