Klein Constania

Marlbrook 2001

Marlbrook 2001

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

Medium to deep ruby in colour, this wine exhibits an abundance of ripe, brambly fruit on both the nose and palate. Ripe tannins ensure sufficient structure, and together with the acidity, balance the richly layered fruit flavours, which carry through to a savoury finish.

Maturation

Approachable now, though structure will allow further development in bottle. Cellaring potential: 8 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: 2001

Alcohol: 14.38 % vol

Residual Sugar: 2.3 g/l

pH: 3.71

Total Acid: 6.0 g/l

Composition: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc