Constantia Glen is the perfect fit for Justin van Wyk, who cut his teeth on Bordeaux wines while spending a harvest at St Emilion, France, during the early years of his winemaking career. His love for this time-honoured wine culture has stood him in good stead after joining Constantia Glen as assistant winemaker in 2008. “It has been incredible to see how far all aspects of Constantia Glen have grown over the past 10 years. From the vineyards, the winemaking, wine sales and the hospitality offerings at the tasting room – everything has been evolving and developing to a point where we as a team are truly proud of what we have achieved,” says Justin, who considers himself extremely privileged to have been part of this growth. He believes in respecting the terroir to enhance the quality of the wine, whilst maintaining its identity and sense of place: “It is an honour to make wine in the oldest wine region in the country where there is so much heritage, working with phenomenal grapes and incredibly diverse soils. It provides a wonderful adventure to produce the best possible wine from our estate grown grapes.” The first Constantia Glen vines were planted in 2000 with the very first vintage of Sauvignon Blanc harvested in 2005. The first two Sauvignon Blanc vintages were made at neighbouring cellars until the completion of Constantia Glen’s very own cellar in 2007 just in time for the harvest season. Constantia Glen Sauvignon Blancs have exceptional ageing potential attributed to the signature cool climate that bestows a deep concentration of flavours, low pH and good acidity to the grapes. These elements add a freshness that gives the wine longevity. “We use lees contact and add a small portion of Semillon to coat the acidity and add weight and texture, which also contributes to the ageability of the wine,” explains Justin, who has been at the helm of the winemaking team since 2011. “Showing the coolness of the vintage with such clarity that it becomes tangible from the first sip,” is how Justin describes the Constantia Glen Sauvignon Blanc 2018 vintage just released from these dryland vineyards on the upper reaches of Constantia Nek. “This was a particularly cool vintage and a very long ripening period for our Sauvignon Blanc vines. This allowed for a good concentration of flavour and phenomenal acidity in the grapes, resulting in a punchy, zesty and vibrant wine despite the severe drought that Cape Town suffered during the 2018 season,” says Justin. This Sauvignon Blanc intrigues with upfront whiffs of lemongrass and lime, while one swirl of the glass unlocks a broader tropical spectrum of grapefruit and wild peach aromas. You can expect a glimpse of blackcurrant, star anise and elderflower to grab your senses before taking the first sip. “It’s a perfect fit for poached scallops with wasabi lime granita,” adds Justin. The Constantia Glen Sauvignon Blanc 2018 is available directly from the estate, as well as fine dining restaurants and boutique wine shops. It sells at a cellar door price of R180 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 17h00 from Sunday to Friday and 10h00 till 20h00 on Saturdays. Booking via http://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. Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment.