2012 Buitenverwachting "Bayten" Sauvignon Blanc Constantia
Ripe but well-focused, with straw, white peach, kiwifruit pulp and pink grapefruit notes all wound together and extending through the well-defined finish. Very solid, this should mellow with modest cellaring. Drink now through 2015.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Pale straw-yellow. Sexy aromas of gooseberry, grass and fig complicated by a chalky note. Very ripe but dry, with slightly exotic lime and fig flavors enlivened by strong acidity and flinty minerality. Finishes dusty and persistent.
"Long referred to as "Bayten" by locals, Buitenverwachting is located on the east-facing slopes of the Constantiaberg. The vineyards originally formed part of the Constantia Estate which was founded by the Cape's first governor, Simon van der Stel, in the late 17th century. Breezes sweeping in from False Bay, a mere 12 kilometers away, make it one of South Africa's coolest winegrowing areas. 2012 was an outstanding vintage for Sauvignon Blanc. The cool, dry growing season allowed for very slow ripening, resulting in grapes that achieved full phenolic ripeness yet retained lots of fresh acidity. A portion of the handpicked grapes were whole bunch pressed, while the remainder was crushed and left in contact with the skins for 12 hours before pressing. The juice was inoculated with five select yeast cultures, and a long, cool fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks over a period of 21 days. The wine was aged on its lees in tank for three months prior to bottling. This crisp, zesty Sauvignon Blanc displays text book aromas and flavors of green fig, gooseberry and lime. Grassy herbal notes are supported by elegant underpinnings of mineral and chalk." (Importer's notes)