Following a devastating wild fire on the Cape Peninsula in 2000, that destroyed most of the vegetation on the land on which Constantia Glen is situated a decision was made to perform extensive soil tests around the property and the first vineyards were planted in September 2000 with the majority being planted in 2001 to make up the farm’s 29 hectares planted to wine grapes today. The 60 hectares of undulating landscape overlooking False Bay has been under the custodianship of the Waibel family, first as rolling forest land, then a Red Angus cattle stud before returning to its historic wine growing roots, and renaming the farm to Constantia Glen when the first wine was produced in 2005. Evident by the property’s rapid change of ownership from first registration in 1813 until 1960, it is clear that these upper slopes of Constantia are not easy to farm, but the rewards have come a plenty for the Waibel family whose dedication and steadfastness to produce high quality wines has proven to be a success from this very unique position in Constantia.
The wine’s complex bouquet gains even more vibrancy once the citrus flavours encounter the palate’s rich, creamy texture, which is achieved during maturation on the lees in stainless steel tanks for 4 months prior to bottling. A portion of 5% Sémillon was incorporated into the blend to add some depth to the wine’s otherwise racy acidity and rich core, resulting in a mouthfeel that demands a sip more. This is a classic Constantia Sauvignon Blanc, showing beautiful elegance, a well-defined minerality and the kind of structure that allows for superlative ageing under ideal cellaring conditions.
Enjoy with salmon fish cakes with a citrussy-butter sauce.