Klein Constania

Pinot Noir 2001

Pinot Noir 2001

The single-hectare Pinot Noir block lies 300m above sea level in the shade of Table Mountain’s Vlakkenberg peak. Together with the high altitude and south-facing aspect, the Atlantic and Indian Ocean breezes ensure ideal, cool conditions for this fussy variety.

 

As this vineyard borders the Table Mountain Reserve, it is vulnerable to baboon damage – the first sign of ripening. Unirrigated soils consist of decomposed Table Mountain granite.

Grapes were hand-picked in early March of this moderate vintage. Traditional Burgundian vinification techniques of natural wild yeast fermentation and foot pigeage in open vats were used to obtain increased complexity and subtlety.

 

Tasting Notes

Medium intensity ruby in colour, with a garnet rim. Subtle smoky aromas mingle with attractive cherry and red berry fruit. The light, silky texture of this wine is backed by sappy red fruit and soft tannins, followed by a long, satisfying finish.


Maturation

Ready to drink now but will improve with further bottle maturation until 2007.

 

Barrel Aging

The wine was matured for 12 months in French oak (Burgundy cooperage).

 

Wine Details

Vintage: 2001

Alcohol: 13 vol

Residual Sugar: 1.5

pH: 3.5

Total Acid: 5.3