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Winery of the Week: Klein Constantia Estate

The revival in the 1980s of this estate – once part of the historic Constantia farm of Simon van der Stel – was crucial to the re-emergence of the area as a fine wine-producer. A detail of great significance was the recreation, in Vin de Constance, of Constantia’s great tradition of sweet wine. As a central focus of Klein Constantia, this acclaimed dessert wine now has a new maturation cellar, with some ‘old tech’ elements like large wooden vessels (foudres) for fermentation. Another estate specialty is sauvignon blanc. Winemaker Matt Day and viticulturist Craig Harris have focused on vineyard blocks across the estate’s varied conditions (few producers anywhere have so many different sauvignon bottlings), learning to understand each block individually. The results can be sampled in the renovated tasting room.


Klein Constantia Estate Estate Red Blend 2014

Estate Wines
Category: Red blends, other

Only red in Estate line-up, but a commanding presence. 2014 58% cab with shiraz, petit verdot & malbec; achieves power, authority without heavy extraction or oak. Compact core of dark fruit, persistence & freshness, should improve decade or more, especially in also-available magnum. More 

Wine tasted by Winnie Bowman.


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Klein Constantia Estate Metis Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Estate Wines
Category: Sauvignon blanc unwooded

Joint venture with France's Pascal Jolivet, involving one of the highest blocks & 'natural, minimalistic & unconventional approach'. Unoaked 2015 pure & intense, pleasing saline leanness & balanced - rather than arresting - acidity. Rewards few years ageing. Also in 1.5L. More 

Wine tasted by Winnie Bowman.


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Klein Constantia Estate Perdeblokke Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Estate Wines
Category: Sauvignon blanc wooded

Stringent selection of barrels from a single-vineyard, 2015 is the aristocrat here, showcasing the estate's saline savouriness, impressive length & weight, through terroir expression & expertly managed older-oak ferment/9 months ageing. 2014 sold out untasted. More 

Wine tasted by Winnie Bowman.


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Klein Constantia Estate Riesling 2015

Estate Wines
Category: Riesling

Youthful, reined-in 2015 more mineral & 'wave-fresh' than fruity. Improves on 2014 () with greater poise & steely presence, which augurs well for few years cellaring. More 

Wine tasted by Winnie Bowman.


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