Groot Constantia, Sauvignon Blanc
A serious sauvignon blanc from South Africa’s oldest estate. There is so much going on with this wine! The grapes, grown just to the east of Table Mountain, are hand-picked first thing in the morning to retain their freshness and all those delicious fruity notes. Flavours of the familiar with ripe lemon, lime, grapefruit and pear but then there is also asparagus, something herby and elderflower. This wine is left on its ‘lees’ for four months prior to bottling. What difference does that make? Well, lees are the dead yeast cells left over after fermentation. Doesn’t sound very appetising but if you leave them mixed in for a year or two then it adds all these new flavours that weren’t there before like nuts, hay or biscuits. But if you leave them in for only few months it adds more body and a rich creamy flavour! Perfect!
Food Pairing – with the extra complexity in this wine it’ll easily stand up to asparagus and pea dishes. Anything with a strong herby flavour like coriander fish cakes or thyme chicken.