Price:  £13.95 | Case Rate: £13.25
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Klein Constantia - Estate Riesling 2016

Information

  • Country: South Africa
  • Wine Region: Constantia
  • Wine Maker: Adam Mason
  • Grape: Riesling
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 12.36
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2022
Food Matching

Food Matching

Despite their very distinct flavour, Rieslings are a surprisingly versatile food match and can be great fun to experiment with. Obvious matches for this wine are fish and shellfish, especially prawns and crabs, though it can take on meat too, especially when meat is a component rather than the centrepiece of the meal, for example a bit of crisp bacon or smoked chicken tossed in a salad. This wine will stand up well to sauces containing cream and to smoked fish, as well to barbecue sauces and light doses of spice. Avoid cheese and salty preparations.

Duty/Vat Paid
JR: 16 (2012) JP: 3.5 Stars (2014)

Wine tasting notes

Vibrant in appearance with pungent aromas of lime, citrus blossom and jasmine. The palate has an attractive sweet entry which is balanced by fine mineral acidity providing structure. Heady flavours of Turkish delight/rose petals evolve through to the 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 (2012)16 pts

Tasted May 2014. Very slightly sweaty nose and could perhaps do with just a tad more sugar to balance it (cf Paul Cluver's). Pretty dense and rich. Seriously well intended. It grows on you! GV

John Platter (2014)3.5 stars

2014's subtle 'wave-fresh' fragrance has lime & slight terpene notes; genteel palate courtesy deft sugar-acid balance. Youthful & demure, yet with good weight & presence, suggesting it might simply be a sleeper, like last-tasted 2012 which also needed time.

Vinification Notes

Grapes were harvested at 21 balling on the 9th March. Riesling is a rot sensitive variety, but there was literally not one damaged berry at the weighbridge. After destemming and crushing the juice was settled to a high clarity and inoculated for fermentation. 25% of the blend was fermented in older 500L French oak barrels, the remainder in stainless steel tanks. Maturation took place on lees for 10 months and the wine was bottled in January 2010.