The ultimate Constantia Sauvignon Blanc, with super fine, gentle aromatics, delicate seasoning, a hint of gooseberry and blackcurrant, and even a little reminiscent of Sauvignon from Sancerre. The is electric, full of life and verve, floating in the mouth with more gorgeous gooseberry notes, and nettle too, but certainly doesn't overpower like some Sauvignons can. It is sensational for the price, and reminds us of the buzz we got from Steenberg Reserve when it was on song, when we used to ship it 16 years ago.
On any trip to South Africa, Buitenverwachting is almost always our first port of call on landing. It is the most wonderful place to sit and taste outside, and enjoy some fine food, with the ever-genial owner and host Lars Maack close by, aided by the brilliant Brad Paton, their highly talented winemaker. Buitenverwachting is a historic Constantia estate, with the name meaning “Beyond Expectation." It originally formed part of the Constantia estate which was founded by Simon Van De Stel, the first Governor of the New Dutch Colony of The Cape, who we know planted vines on his farm.