This elegant wine combines the taste of oak and tropical fruit with well-integrated minerality and is characterized by an exceptional balance with fantastic maturation potential. If you are looking for something which surprise you, try TWO!
The grapes that make this wooded Constantia white wine are specially selected from the best vineyard blocks on the estate. These grapes are handpicked, and the juice is fermented in 600 litre demi-muids as well as a few clay amphorae.
55% of the grapes for this wine were pressed as whole bunches, with the balance being destemmed and crushed and the juice given 6 to 8 hours of skin contact prior to pressing.
The wine was barrel-fermented and matured on the gross lees for 8 months in 600 litre barrels, of which 15% were new and the remainder of the barrels ranged from 2nd to 6th fill. Careful use of neutral French oak as well as 15% Austrian oak, 10% French Acacia and 14% clay-amphora ensures that the wine has depth and texture with only a small influence of oak notable on the nose.
The final wine consists of 71% Sauvignon Blanc, which provides the acidity and backbone of the blend, with 29% Sémillon contributing to the waxy weight, richness, and texture of the wine. This is a classic Constantia White that will further develop in the bottle to gain even more complexity with age.
Bottle maturation would be possible for 10 to 15 years under ideal cellaring conditions.