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Klein Constantia ‘KC’ Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Sauvignon tends to best express its varietal characteristics when grown in cool sites. So rather than use his estate grown grapes for KC, winemaker Adam Mason headed to South Africa’s most southerly coastal regions, Elgin, Elim and Walker Bay, where temperatures during the Summer months are the coolest anywhere in the Cape. Adam used to help Jean-Marc Sauboua make our Trophy-winning Bordeaux Sauvignons a decade or so ago, so he really is expert at bringing out that perfect balance of tropical fruit and grassy freshness. KC has pungent gooseberry, asparagus and tropical notes (typical for this grape) countered by a bracing sea spray complexity. Calls for grilled fish with a fruity salsa, chilli prawns or chicken and pineapple kebabs.