Klein Constania

Cabernet Sauvignon 1998

Cabernet Sauvignon 1998

Grown on the warm, lower, north-facing slopes of the Klein Constantia vineyards at 70-100m above sea level.

Vines benefit from prevailing cool southerly sea breezes during the summer. Soils comprise of decomposed Table Mountain granite and are not irrigated. Grown on the warm, lower, north-facing slopes of the Klein Constantia vineyards at 70-100m above sea level. Vines benefit from prevailing cool southerly sea breezes during the summer. Soils comprise of decomposed Table Mountain granite and are not irrigated.

Tasting Notes

Deep intensity ruby in colour. A distinctly minty nose, characteristic of the Schleip clone. Ripe elderberry fruit and mocha, with complex earthiness on the palate. Well-integrated, firm tannins give the wine an austere structure which will allow further bottle maturation, for a total of 7-10 years.

Maturation

Drink now, or keep until 2008

Barrel Aging

The wine was then matured in 100% new 225l French oak barrels for 24 months

Wine Details

Vintage: 1998

Alcohol: 13.5 % vol

Residual Sugar: 2.0 g/l

pH: 3.57

Total Acid: 6.2 g/l

Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Honours

Selected for British Airways Business Class. Wine Spectator Magazine (July 2002): 88/100