Klein Constania

Chardonnay 2002

Chardonnay 2002

Grown on the high, cooler south-facing slopes of the Klein Constantia vineyards at 250m above sea level. Atlantic and Indian Ocean sea breezes ensure ideal, slow ripening. Soils consist of decomposed Table Mountain granite and are not irrigated.

Chardonnay grapes were harvested in late February of this challenging, low-yielding vintage.

Tasting Notes

Pale straw in colour. Attractive toastiness on nose, with some butterscotch and nutty aromas. Broad and weighty in style, with flavours of lime and grapefruit leading to a minerally finish. Greater integration will take place with further bottle ageing.

Maturation

Although the wine is ready to drink now, further integration will occur with more time in bottle.

Barrel Aging

Fermentation was initiated in stainless steel tanks, and completed in French oak barrels. Spontaneous, full malolactic fermentation took place in barrel, after which the wine was matured in 500-litre Burgundian barrels (60%new) for 8 months.

Wine Details

Vintage: 2002

Alcohol: 12.4% vol

Residual Sugar: 2.0g/l

pH: 3.49

Total Acid: 5.9g/l

Composition: 100% Chardonnay