#338 Wade Bales Constantia White Blend 2020


👃🏼 An enormously complex vanguard of Lemongrass, elderflower, lime leaf, salted white aparagus, and a gentle touch of butter toffee. So many facets. Truly delightful.
👄 On the palate, that sweet and savoury aromatic theme carries through, with tart lime fruit and
bitter grapefruit, leaning up against subtle elements of salted caramel, lemon bon bons, and even some fresh blackcurrant, (a note which is quite rare, but always a delight)!
But aside from the overwhelming variety of aromas, there is supreme concentration and length as well, pushing all the way into a generous tail of intense ripe citrus and lingering nutmeg spice.
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Acacia Barrels, Skin-ferments, & a couple of Horses

There are not very many Platter 5-star wines that can claim to be the result of eight winemakers, a brand new acacia barrel, some skin-contact Sauvvy Bee and a component from South Africa’s most expensive Sauvignon Blanc!

But how…??!

Part of the reason that something like this is so rare is because there are very few wine folk with sufficient passion – and inter-personal skills – to craft a vision AND to herd eight winemaking cats into a room for long enough to buy in to that vision. But such is the charm of negociant Wade Bales, as well as his love for the unique terroir that is the Constantia wine ward.
Wade managed to corral a gargantuan team of EIGHT winemakers from around the valley to help realise this dream. And while Wade is certainly the kingpin here, the project also hjighloghts a very special sense of comaraderie that exists between the producers in this small but premium corner of the South African winelands.
The winemakers for the 2020 vintage included Matt Day (Klein Constantia), Brad Paton (Buitenverwachting), Elunde Basson (Steenberg), Justin van Wyk (Constanita Glen), Megan van der Merwe (Bo Constantia), Roger Burton (Constantia Royale), Boela Gerber (Groot Constantia), and Danna de Jongh (Constantia Uitsig).
If you have yet to sign up for your Monthly HanDrinksSolo Wine Subscription then you’ll have to hunt this wine down in your own time. But until then, here are some technical specs:


🔬 Wine of origin Constantia. The components for this wine were all vinified separately in cellars around the stand-alone wine ward of Constantia. The wine was blended by Constantia Glen’s Cellarmaster Justin van Wyk, and included the following components:
  • A 500-litre barrel of Perdeblok Sauvignon Blanc from Klein Constantia (clone 362)
  • A second-fill 500 litre barrel of Sauvignon Blanc from Groot Constantia
  • A T43 component of unwooded Sauvignon Blanc from Steenberg
  • a 225-litre barrique of Semillon from Constantia Royale
  • A new acacia barrel of Semillon, as well as a 500-litre barrel of Sauvignon Blanc from Constantia Glen
  • 50-litres of skin-ferment Sauvignon Blanc from Beau Constantia.
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