Constantia Glen, the picturesque boutique wine estate known for exceptional Bordeaux-style wines, has released the 2017 vintage of its flagship white with an amphora twist.
The Constantia Glen TWO 2017, a meticulous blend of 68% Sauvignon Blanc and 32% Sémillon, is the latest rendition of this internationally acclaimed classic Constantia white. This vintage marks the first time that the winemaking team has experimented with an amphora element to the white blend, with a small 5% dash of the Sémillon matured in locally crafted clay amphora.
These large clay vessels are hand-shaped in Hout Bay by Yogi de Beer, providing the winemaking team with a fresh approach to fermentation in the cellar.
“This neutral clay vessel contributes to the texture and mouthfeel while completely respecting the characteristics of the fruit. This could be the start of more things amphora at Constantia Glen,” quips Winemaker Justin van Wyk.
The Sauvignon Blanc and the rest of the Sémillon components for the 2017 vintage, were vinified separately and fermented and matured on the lees for seven months in oak barrels ranging from new to 7th fill. The result is depth and texture with just a hint of oak notable on the nose.
The richness of the Sémillon in perfect balance with the Sauvignon Blanc backbone of zesty natural acidity, creates a well-rounded and harmonious blend. The Constantia Glen TWO 2017 is poised and elegant with vibrant intensity and remarkable fruit concentration. Expect delicate aromas of grapefruit, lime and white blossom to escape from the glass, while the wine’s intriguing saline quality lingers well onto the next sip.
“It is wonderful to see in the final wine just how amazingly well our dryland vineyards coped without irrigation during a very dry season and that they still delivered a wine that is fresh, elegant and restrained. The acidity of the 2017 whites is remarkable and this coupled with the fantastic depth and concentration of flavour bodes very well for ageing potential,” adds Van Wyk, who recommends the 2017 Constantia Glen TWO with Thai-style duck breast salad with lime juice and toasted pine nuts.
The Constantia Glen TWO 2017 is available directly from the estate, as well as fine dining restaurants and boutique wine shops. It sells at a cellar door price of R270 per bottle.
Known for exceptional cool climate Bordeaux-style red and white wines, Constantia Glen’s dryland vineyards are farmed without any irrigation. The tasting room is open from 10h00 till 18h00 from Sunday to Thursday and 10h00 till 21h00 on Fridays and Saturdays. Booking viahttp://www.constantiaglen.com is highly recommended to avoid disappointment. Look out for the Constantia Glen signs towards the top of Constantia Main Road. Call 021-7955639, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.constantiaglen.com, www.facebook.com/ConstantiaGlen or follow @ConstantiaGlen on Twitter and Instagram. The GPS co-ordinates are S 34º 0’39.6” E 18º 24’30.6”.