Thursday, December 18, 2008

2007 Groot Constantia Estate Sauvignon Blanc 87+ Points

2007 Groot Constantia Estate Sauvignon Blanc 87+ Points

Perfect colour, very pale.

Fragrant, dusty, ripe gooseberries, jalapeno pepper and grapefruit.

Complex mouthfeel, broad, intense fig, juicy freshly squeeze ripe green lime, crunchy beans, textured, hints of white pepper spiciness, leesy.
Tight structure, long minerally length, the best to date made by Groot Constantia Estate.
That shows when Cape Sauvignon are given enough time in bottle to meshed together and bonify over time and reach their full stride, this Sauvignon has changed for the very good since release in August 2007

Re – tasted 11 december 2008.

Watch out the 2008, one of the best of the Constantia Valley from this difficult and rain washed 2008 vintage, much more showier than 2007 at similar time last year.

I remember Groot Constantia Estate wines whilst visiting the Cape for the first time in 1998 and in between 2003, nothing striking and really captivating at that time besides the Pinotage and Gouverneurs Reserve as well as the Weisser Riesling, but since Boela Gerber and assisted by Michelle Rhodes has taken over the reign of this historic estate, they have brought a complete breath of fresh air and the whole range shows cleaner, purer fruit and well as more balanced and striking wines with freshness, complexity and longevity, but above all else they are food wine.
I still believe that since 2005, their Pinotage, the one and only grown and made in Constantia, is one of the finest the Cape have ever produced, the 2006 is as striking as well, more fruit which is fantastic.


Crumbed herb coated goat cheese medaillon, served crisp and warm on a bed of crunchy French beans salad with jalapeno and lime dressing and fresh grapefruit supreme and preserved wild Cape fig