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Klein Constantia - Sauvignon Blanc Metis 2016/2017


  • Country: South Africa
  • Wine Region: Constantia
  • Wine Maker: Matthew Day
  • Grape: Sauvignon Blanc
  • Grape Percentage: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2020
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 90 (2014) VS: 90 (2013) JR: 16.5 (2014) WS: 88 (2015) JP: 4.5 Stars (2010) TA: 94 (2014)

Wine tasting notes

Metis Sauvignon Blanc was inspired by Pascal Jolivet and his holistic approach to winemaking in Sancerre. Using a unique and minimalistic approach to winemaking, we were able to make a wine that shows the true expression of the Constantia terroir. The name Metis refers to the collaboration between the two countries to produce this great wine. This fusion of philosophies is reflected in the flower on the label that is a hybrid of the South African Protea and French Iris. Bright and lively in colour with lemongrass and flinty aromas on the nose. Full bodied with great acidity, a multi dimensional wine that is rich with intense umami and mineral flavours, with a long elegant and refreshing finish.

Winery Information

Klein Constantia

One of the worlds most beautiful vineyard locations, Klein Constantia is just 20 kilometres from the centre of cape Town. The 146 hectare estate, with granite soils on slopes gently cooled by ocean breezes, was chosen not only for its beauty, but also for the quality of the decomposed granite soils which offer a unique viticultural environment. The Estate produces the legendary dessert wine Vin de Constance, beloved by Napoleon, Charles Dickens and Jane Austen along with a collection of.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2014)90 pts

Nov 2015 - Neal Martin - The 2014 Metis Sauvignon Blanc has an energetic nose with green apple, lime, citrus lemon and orange zest that leaps from the glass. The palate is clean and fresh with vibrant acidity, nicely weighted in the mouth with gooseberry and grass clipping notes towards the tertiary finish. A little taut now, afford this a year in bottle.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2013)90 pts

June 2015 - Brisk lemon drop aroma. Grapefruit pith and lemon zest flavors show a touch of sweetness countered by terrific acidity, with some unabsorbed CO2 accentuating the wine's impression of energy and contributing grip. Finishes dry and pure, with a pungent grapefruit pith character. This bottling is a joint venture with Pascal Jolivet in the Loire Valley. -- Stephen Tanzer (2014)16.5 pts

Jan 2015 - Excellent texture and potential

Wine Spectator (2015)88 pts

Aug 2016 - A brisk-edged version, with citrus peel, white peach and gooseberry notes zipping along. The finish is a bit quick, but this displays good cut and a refreshing feel overall.

John Platter (2010)4.5 stars

John Platter,, 4½ Stars (2010) –"Improving on ex-tank 2009, youthful & pungent 2010's (4½ Stars) core of gooseberry, lemongrass & minerality still bound up by tangy, bright acidity. Bone dry (2g/l), with dash sem, has fruit concentration to reward 3-5 yrs."

Tim Atkin (2014)94 pts

The second release under the Métis label (inspired by Frenchman Pascal Jolivet) is made, like the 2013, in an oxidative style. Bready, complex and textured with good underlying acidity and layers of savoury concentration. Brave and exciting stuff. Drink: 2015-19

Vinification Notes

We have identified the best blocks from a selection of the higher vineyards on the farm. These blocks provide grapes with a high acidity and low pH, able to withstand the way in which the wine is made. Grapes were harvested by hand. The wine underwent a long, cool fermentation and was left to mature on its fine lees for 12 months in stainless steel tanks.