Food & Wine

Constantia Glen winemaker embraces a decade of evolution

Constantia Glen winemaker embraces a decade of evolution

Van Wyk, ‘grew up’ on Bordeaux wines while spending a harvest at St Emilion in France, exactly 10 years ago during his early winemaking career, and his passion for this time honoured wine culture has stood him in good stead after joining Constantia Glen as assistant winemaker in 2008.

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.

“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 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 van Wyk, who considers himself extremely privileged to have been part of this growth.

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 freshness that gives the wine longevity.

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. 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 van Wyk.

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.

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