Klein Constania

Cabernet Sauvignon 1999

Cabernet Sauvignon 1999

Cabernet Sauvignon is 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 breezes during the summer. Soils consist of decomposed Table Mountain granite and are not irrigated. Grapes were hand-harvested later than normal in March of this hot, dry vintage. Fermentation took place in rototanks at 26-30C, with regular rotation ensuring maximum extraction of colour, tannins and flavours. 

Tasting Notes

Deep ruby in colour, with overt blackcurrant and violet aromas and a hint of mint and vanilla. The dense, ripe fruit and smooth texture reflect this very warm vintage. The depth of fruit, complexity and balanced tannins and alcohol combine to make a sinewy, supple wine that will keep and evolve a further 8-10 years. 

Maturation

The wine will keep and evolve a further 8-10 years

Barrel Aging

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

Wine Details

Vintage: 1999

Alcohol: 13.6 % vol

Residual Sugar: 1.7 g/l

pH: 3.7

Total Acid: 6.5 g/l

Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Honours

88/100 points Wine Spectator On-line Smart Buys March 2003 Top 10 SA Bottles – May 2003