Klein Constania

Pinot Noir  2003

Pinot Noir 2003

The single-hectare Pinot Noir block lies 300m above sea level in the shade of Table Mountain’s Vlakkenberg peak.

NB: NEEDS CONFIRMATION FOR THE LABEL IT FALLS UNDER

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, but challenging vintage. Traditional Burgundian vinification techniques of natural wild yeast fermentation and foot pigeage in open vats were used to obtain increased complexity.

 

Tasting Notes

Medium intensity ruby in colour, exhibiting attractive bright cherry and strawberry fruit aromas. Maraschino cherry flavours complement a savoury meatiness, held together by fine tannins and supple structure, which leads to a nicely balanced and elegant finish.

Maturation

Drinking well now, but should evolve well in bottle until 2008.


Barrel Aging

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

Wine Details

Vintage: 2003

Alcohol: 14% vol

Residual Sugar: 1.8g/l

pH: 3.81

Total Acid: 6.1g/l