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South Africa, Constantia

Klein Constantia

Klein Constantia Estate Red 2015

Klein Constantia Estate Red 2015 93 pts Tim Atkin MW

Tasting Notes

Aug 2018 - Elegant yet serious, a nice combination of Cabernet and Shiraz characters. It is said that in South African Shiraz does the same thing as Merlot, and fills in Cabernet with ripe, juicy, spicy characters. Blue fruits combine with touches of berries, earth, cedar and spice. Drinking very well right now and should continue to drink fantastically for the next five years.

Food Accompaniments

Lamb chops, beef kabobs


Awards, Reviews and other Notes

91 pts Wine Advocate Issue #230 April 2017
The 2015 Estate Red Blend comprises 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Shiraz, 13% Petit Verdot and 7% Malbec (the Cabernet Franc and Merlot having been pulled out). Deep in color, it has a very composed bouquet, the 40% new oak neatly integrated with luscious blueberry and black cherry fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with lush tannin, a keen line of acidity, blackberry, boysenberry with a touch of soy. It is modern in style perhaps, yet well balanced and with the substance to suggest a long ageing potential. This is very promising.
93 pts Tim Atkin MW 2017
The Klein Constantia red has been improving in recent vintages, none more so than in 2015, partly because Matt Day has been more selective in the vineyard. This Bordeaux meets Rhône blend is elegant, floral, spicy and refined with nuanced oak and very well handled tannins. 2018-23.
92 pts James Suckling June 2018
This is serious. Wonderfully fresh blackcurrants, brambleberries, smoke, tobacco, cedar, dried herbs, iodine and graphite. Full body, tight and grainy tannins, and a chewy finish. Drink in 2020. A blend of 44% cabernet sauvignon, 29% shiraz, 15% malbec and 12% petit verdot.
90 pts Vinous/Neil Martin Aug 2018
The 2015 Klein Constantia Estate Red is a blend of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Petit Verdot. Malolactic fermentation took place in 40% new French oak barrels after alcoholic fermentation, and the wine was then aged for 12 months before blending and bottling. It has a clean, ripe, pure bouquet of blueberry and blackberry fruit laced with vanilla pod. The palate is medium-bodied with bright black fruit, offering nicely integrated oak and fine tannins toward the finish. This is a very well crafted red Constantia, although I would allow it a year in bottle.



Winemaker Notes

Each parcel is carefully identified and blocks are split into multiple portions in order to harvest at the perfect ripeness. The grapes are then bunch and berry sorted to ensure that only the healthiest berries are selected. Malo-lactic fermentation takes place in 40 % new French oak barrels after alcoholic fermentation. The wine is then aged for 12 months before blending and bottling.
Intense and deep ruby red in colour with rich aromas of black fruit and elegant notes of sandalwood. The palate is full bodied and layered. Well integrated tannins give the wine a toned and precise structure. The wine concludes with a long velvety finish.


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Chemical Analysis

Price

SKU

Varietal

14.5% alcohol by volume

$25.99

13263

Red Blend


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