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Klein Constantia - Estate Chardonnay 2016

Information

  • Country: South Africa
  • Wine Region: Constantia
  • Wine Maker: Matthew Day
  • Grape: Chardonnay
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 12.56
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2018
Duty/Vat Paid
JR: 16 (2009) WS: 91 (2014) JP: 3.5 Stars (2013) RC: 17 (2015)

Wine tasting notes

The key to making great Chardonnay is to have all the core factors that contribute to this variety in balance. On both the nose and the palate we are looking for a wine that truly represents our unique terroir- a medley of fresh citrus and bright fruit notes combined with well-balanced oak integration that contributes an amazing wood spice of cloves and cedar. It is rounded off with a lengthy buttery brioche finish.

Winery Information

Klein Constantia

One of the worlds most beautiful vineyard locations, Klein Constantia is just 20 kilometres from the centre of cape Town. The 146 hectare estate, with granite soils on slopes gently cooled by ocean breezes, was chosen not only for its beauty, but also for the quality of the decomposed granite soils which offer a unique viticultural environment. The Estate produces the legendary dessert wine Vin de Constance, beloved by Napoleon, Charles Dickens and Jane Austen along with a collection of.. read more

Expert Reviews

JancisRobinson.com (2009)16 pts

Tasted September 2010. Smoke, minerals, apple and some tart citrus fruit give definition. Nicely integrated vanilla and cream to finish. (RH). When to drink : 2010 to 2012.

Wine Spectator (2014)91 pts

This is lovely, with a creamy, mature edge taking over, letting melon, sweet butter and lemon curd notes glide through. Reveals a pretty echo of jasmine through the finish. Very suave.

John Platter (2013)3.5 stars

Intense oak aromas, flavours of shortbread & vanilla, faint lemon & lime on light-footed, zesty 2013. Balanced cool-climate expression. Partial barrel ferment/ageing,

Raymond Chan (2015)17 pts

Bright straw-yellow colour with light golden hues. The nose is elegant and fresh with tightly concentrated citrus fruit aromas, along with subtle creamy barrel-ferment suggestions and nutty elements. Dry and light-medium bodied, the palate possesses light flavours of white stonefruits and citrus fruits, and subtle creamy, nutty oak. The acidity is the feature, lending liveliness and tension, and the wine carries to a tight, light, stonefruited finish. This has clarity and fruit focus. Predominantly clone 95 fruit, one-third fermented in 40% new puncheons and two-thirds fermented in tank to 12.56% alc. by indigenous yeasts, the wine aged 9 months on lees with light batonnage, avoiding MLF.

Vinification Notes

After the wait for full ripeness (occurring as late as April in some vineyards), Chardonnay bunches were harvested and whole-bunch pressed. A portion was fermented in stainless steel, with the remaining 70% undergoing fermentation in French oak barrels. Partial malolactic fermentation has retained some of the naturally fresh acidity that is the hallmark of Constantia wines. Prior to bottling, the wines was matured on the lees for 11 months to enhance freshness and complexity.