Klein Constania

Marlbrook
 1998

Marlbrook
 1998

The merlot and cabernet franc originate from the vineyards surrounding the 18th century Marlbrook title of Klein Constantia Estate; the cabernet sauvignon from lower, warmer slopes.

Vines benefit from prevailing cool southerly sea breezes during the summer, and soils comprise of decomposed Table Mountain granite and are not irrigated.
Grapes were hand-harvested in mid-March of this very warm vintage. Fermentation took place in rototanks at 26-30’C, with regular rotation ensuring maximum extraction of colour, tannins and flavours. These Bordeaux varieties were vinified and matured separately.

Tasting Notes

Deep intensity ruby in colour. Attractive cedarwood nose. Rich, ripe mulberry and redcurrant fruit on both nose and palate; refined and smoothly textured mouthfeel and long spicy finish. This elegant and balanced wine will keep and improve a total of 8-10 years.

Maturation

Drink now, or keep for up to eight years

Barrel Aging

After 24 months in 100% new 225L French oak barrels, the wines were blended to create a classic Bordeaux-style blend.

Wine Details

Vintage: 1998

Alcohol: 14 % vol

Residual Sugar: 1.7 g/l

pH: 3.6

Total Acid: 5.7 g/l

Composition: 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc

Honours

Wine Spectator Magazine (July 2002): 88/100