How about this wonderful collaborative wine to usher in the new year? Metis is made by Matt Day, Klein Constantia’s hugely talented young winemaker. It is directly inspired by Loire-based sauvignon blanc icon, Pascal Jolivet.
Matt spent the 2012 harvest working with Pascal and his winemaker Jean-Luc Soty. He found that many of the techniques used in making Jolivet’s Sancerres and Pouilly-Fumés were in opposition to those used in his own vineyard and winery. Cue a meeting of minds, swapping of secrets and a plan to make a fusion-style wine from Matt’s top grapes.
The label depicts a South African protea fused to a French iris. So is this an unnerving Frankenstein or an inspirational Metis – literally a crossbreed? The answer is that this wine has made this page where no other Klein Constantia sauvignon – or any Jolivet wine for that matter – has featured before.
Matt has taken the finest elements of Jolivet’s craft and infused them into his own elemental raw materials – the tension, aromatics and texture are remarkable. This is clearly the future for sauvignon from this historic estate. It ought to be a siren call to all Cape winemakers, too.
• Matthew Jukes is a winner of the International Wine & Spirit Competition’s Communicator of the Year (matthewjukes.com).