Klein Constania

Shiraz 2004

Shiraz 2004

We label it as Shiraz, but purists might prefer to refer to it as Syrah in deference to its elegance and the peppery character associated with the wines of the northern Rhone.

After a long 2004 harvest, this was one of the last vineyards to be picked at Klein Constantia. The ripe, healthy fruit was fermented in the traditional manner using pumpovers to softly extract tannin and flavours from the fermenting grapes.

 

Tasting Notes

>Deep ruby in colour. The nose is crammed with aromas of bramble berries, blueberries, savoury truffle-notes and subtle woodspice. The palate is full flavoured and smoothly textured, with finely balanced acidity and beautiful length. The combination of pure fruit expression and softly textured palate makes this a dangerously drinkable wine.

Maturation

4-5 years

Barrel Aging

Malolactic fermentation took place in 2nd and 3rd fill barriques where the wine matured for 18 months before bottling.

Wine Details

Vintage: 2003

Alcohol: 14.2% vol

Residual Sugar: 2.4g/l

pH: 3.73

Total Acid: 5.8g/l