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Klein Constantia Sauvignon Blanc Limited Release Perdeblokke 2011

Klein Constantia Sauvignon Blanc Limited Release Perdeblokke 750ml 2011   
Sku: 1848383*

Klein Constantia is custodian to South Africa’;s most historic vineyards. Located in the Table Mountain Valley, the first vineyards of Constantia were planted in 1685 by the Governor of the Cape, Simon van der Stel, who recognized the uniqueness of location, climate and decomposed granite soils. Klein Constantia’s lusciously sweet wine, Vin de Constance, rose to prominence in the 1800s. It was savored by the likes of Napoleon Bonapart, Queen Victoria and Thomas Jefferson and found its way into the writing of many great 18th and 19th century authors. Unfortunately, its production ceased in the mid-19th century when odium infected the vineyards, only to be followed by the arrival of phylloxera. After many years of research and consultation by some of South Africa’s top historians and viticulturists, the wine was resurrected in 1986 to almost instant acclaim and has enjoyed top accolades ever since. Today, Klein Constantia is owned by Czech-American investor and philanthropist, Zdenek Bakala, UK based businessman, Charles Harman and recent new partners, Bruno Prats of Chateau Cos d’Estournel and Hubert de Bouard of Chateau Angelus. With the ocean just six miles away, the cool climate and near constant sea breeze create ideal growing conditions. The 600 million-year-old granite soils are well-draining, fertile decomposed granite with high clay content. They ensure good water retention which is important given the long dry summers of the Cape.

Tasting notes
A pale straw color, this wine offers notes of straw, marzipan and nectarines with a hint of aniseed spice. Layered and complex, crisp minerality and sweet citrus fruit provides lift on the long finish.

Wine maker notes
”Perdeblokke” is a unique Sauvignon Blanc block from high up on the slopes of the Constantiaberg that has produced some of Klein Constantia’s best quality grapes (and wines) since being planted in 2000. The name ”Perdeblok” (or ”horses’ block” in English) was coined by the vineyard workers because two Persheron horses were used to plough the farm’s steepest vineyards in the 1980’s and 1990’s when clumsy tractors were unable to reach them. At 224 metres above sea level, this steep 1.27 hectare block has retained its link to the past with the name ”Perdeblokke” remaining long after the horses’ departure. An exceptional yield from this particular block in 2004 saw the wine being bottled separately for the first time, and after legislation passed in 2005 allowing for the registration of a single vineyard, the label ”Perdeblokke” emerged, and Klein Constantia’s flagship limited release Sauvignon Blanc was born. Oriented in an East to West row direction, the vines are able to reach optimum canopy density with meticulous leaf removal. The temperature varies an average of four degrees Centigrade from the bottom estate blocks to the higher Perdeblok, resulting in a more austere and tight wine with a lower pH and higher acidity. Owing to these traits, the wine is kept in the bottle for an average 18 months minimum; sometimes longer if necessary. The unique terroir of the Perdeblok plays an important role in producing a Sauvignon Blanc with ample fruit flavours. Shallow decomposed granite soils with a high clay content on the lower slopes, and deep red ferrous sandy soils on the higher parts, require two separate irrigation systems. These soil properties, coupled with extreme higher altitude south-easter winds in the summer months, and a generally lower temperature (never more than 27 degrees Centigrade) all contribute to the distinctive character of what is undoubtedly one of the Cape’s, and South Africa’s, top Sauvignon Blanc wines. Balance between thiols and pirazines is achieved through the use of the SB 11 clone with a Richter 100 rootstock allowing for ripe, fresh flavours and fruit salad characteristics. The transpiration level is high, as the wind helps keep disease at bay, encouraging the uptake of nutrients and supporting flavour development.

Technical notes
High up on Constantiaberg, Perdeblokke is the property’s lowest yielding vineyard, producing the most concentrated Sauvignon Blanc. Named Perdeblokke which translates to ”horses’ block” - it was originally ploughed by Persheron horses given the steepness of the vineyard. The terroir of Perdeblokke is unique with shallow decomposed granite soils and high clay content found on the lower slopes and deep red ferrous sandy soils on the highest parts. These soil properties, coupled with extreme high altitude and strong south-east wines all contribute to the distinctive character of this Sauvignon Blanc.

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Country: South Africa
Region: Coastal Region
Sub-Region: Constantia
Grape Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
Type: Still wine
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