Klein Constania

Marlbrook 1999

Marlbrook 1999

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 later than normal in March of this hot, dry 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 ruby in colour, with complex aromas of black berry fruit, violets, plum and cedar. The mouthfeel is richly textured, with deep, ripe fruit; firm, balanced tannins and a lingering finish. The compact structure will reward ageing for up to 10 years.


Approachable now, though structure will allow further development in bottle. Cellaring potential: 8-10 years from vintage.

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: 1999

Alcohol: 13.5 % vol

Residual Sugar: 1.5 g/l

pH: 3.4

Total Acid: 6.1 g/l

Composition: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc