With 15 different wine routes in the Cape, getting to know each of their unique offerings, and the diverse climates that help create them, could keep you busy for years! Once you get to know the subtleties of each of the regions, you can start to appreciate new dimensions of the wines they birth.
This week, The Wade Bales Wine Society handpicked three Sauvignon Blancs to sample, share and discuss as you explore the differences between them. Enjoy this different kind of wine journey with us!
CONSTANTIA ROYALE SAUVIGNON BLANC 2015
This Constantia Valley lies between the Table Mountain range and the coastal False Bay area. With premium terroir, and what is considered ideal climatic conditions, Constantia is renowned for its cool climate wines like Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. It’s also the oldest wine-producing region in the southern hemisphere, with an uninterrupted history of winemaking since 1685.
The Constantia Royale is the maiden vintage under the property’s own label. These grapes were previously destined for other wines from the estate – but here they get to shine on their own!
How it tastes: Crisp with a refreshing, gently softened by light fruity flavours alongside green pepper and capsicum.
How it smells: Lemony and limey, with some minerality on the nose.
Drink it with: Chicken and chorizo salad.
When to drink: To be enjoyed now and within the next 5 years.
DELAIRE COASTAL CUVÉE SAUVIGNON BLANC 2015
With more than 80 wineries and producers, Stellenbosch is considered the ‘home’ of Cape wine and has earned bragging rights for its reds in particular. The area reaches from sea-facing slopes to valley-hugging hills. Wards within the district are Jonkershoek Valley, Simonsberg-Stellenbosch, Bottelary, Devon Valley and Papegaaiberg. Delaire lies high up on the Helshoogte Pass. It is the effect of higher altitude, which has significant impact on the high quality of Sauvignon being made on this property.
How it smells: Full of gooseberry and nettle aromas with a hint of blackcurrant.
How it tastes: Crisp and lively on the palate with a long finish.
Drink it with: Creamy asparagus risotto.
When to drink: Drink immediately but if you want to keep it, it is good for another 2 years.
GROOTE POST SAUVIGNON BLANC 2015
This charming town and surrounding area is situated in the Swartland, a sunny wheat area north of Cape Town. The vineyards here benefit from the cool breezes off the Atlantic Ocean, which create conditions ideal for quality winemaking. The Pentz family of Groote Post are true people of the land and this somehow translates into a certain ‘soul’ in their wines.
How it smells: Ripe figs and granadilla
How it tastes: Crisp gooseberries, capsicum and lime
Drink it with: Grilled calamari.
When to drink: Now.