Klein Constantia

Estate Red Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

9.065 ratings
9.110 pro ratings
Constantia, Coastal Region, Western Cape, South Africa
Petit Verdot, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy, Pungent Cheese, Salami & Prosciutto, Hard Cheese, Baking Spices, Exotic Spices, Chicken, Herbs, Turkey, Onion, Soft Cheese, Duck, Beans & Peas
Top Notes For
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.0

The nose reveals, ripe fruits of; blackberries, dark cherries, blueberries, plum skin, black raspberries, strawberries, cola, dark chocolate, vanilla, dark spice, rich dark earth, dry top soil, soft leathery notes, touch smoke, steep red fruit tea, caramel, mocha, stones with fresh & withering dark red florals.

The body is on the lighter side for Cabernet. The tannins firm and powdery. The structure, tension, length and balance are good. Ripe fruits of; blackberries, dark cherries, blueberries, plum skin, black raspberries, strawberries, cola, dark chocolate, vanilla, dark spice, rich dark earth, dry top soil, tobacco, soft dry leathery notes, touch smoke, steep red fruit tea, caramel, mocha, dark chocolate bar, crushed granitic soils, dry stones with fresh & withering dark red florals. The acidity bright. The finish has bright fruits but, is earth dominate. It’s requires five years of aging before enjoying it.

Photos of; Klein Constantia hillside vineyards, painting of their old school bottle, grounds of their Estate and large oak vats.

The nose reveals, ripe fruits of; blackberries, dark cherries, blueberries, plum skin, black raspberries, strawberries, cola, dark chocolate, vanilla, dark spice, rich dark earth, dry top soil, soft leathery notes, touch smoke, steep red fruit tea, caramel, mocha, stones with fresh & withering dark red florals.

The body is on the lighter side for Cabernet. The tannins firm and powdery. The structure, tension, length and balance are good. Ripe fruits of; blackberries, dark cherries, blueberries, plum skin, black raspberries, strawberries, cola, dark chocolate, vanilla, dark spice, rich dark earth, dry top soil, tobacco, soft dry leathery notes, touch smoke, steep red fruit tea, caramel, mocha, dark chocolate bar, crushed granitic soils, dry stones with fresh & withering dark red florals. The acidity bright. The finish has bright fruits but, is earth dominate. It’s requires five years of aging before enjoying it.

Photos of; Klein Constantia hillside vineyards, painting of their old school bottle, grounds of their Estate and large oak vats.

Apr 22nd, 2019
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

8.9

First red wine after the four Sauvignon Blancs, this bottling use to be called the Marlbrook until the first vintage in 2011 under the Estate name. Deep ruby red with dark red berries on the nose, some spices, woody elements and a touch savory. Medium tannins (6.5/10) with a medium to medium plus body. Notes of black currants, twigs and earth. Medium plus to long finish. Drink till 2024.

Made up of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Shiraz, 14% Petit Verdot and 9% Malbec. Aged for 12 months in 50% new French oak.

First red wine after the four Sauvignon Blancs, this bottling use to be called the Marlbrook until the first vintage in 2011 under the Estate name. Deep ruby red with dark red berries on the nose, some spices, woody elements and a touch savory. Medium tannins (6.5/10) with a medium to medium plus body. Notes of black currants, twigs and earth. Medium plus to long finish. Drink till 2024.

Made up of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Shiraz, 14% Petit Verdot and 9% Malbec. Aged for 12 months in 50% new French oak.

Dec 17th, 2017
Christanna Honer

Great producer from top to bottom. Bold fruit, nice tarry backdrop, balanced medium plus palate with a lightly spiced finish.

Great producer from top to bottom. Bold fruit, nice tarry backdrop, balanced medium plus palate with a lightly spiced finish.

1 person found it helpfulOct 2nd, 2016
Lindy Lopez

Give your mouth a hug

Give your mouth a hug

1 person found it helpfulMay 9th, 2014
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

8.8

Varietals: 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Petit Verdot, and 13% Malbec.
Color: Crimson red.
Nose/Smell: Dark fruits, such as a little cassis and dark cherries.
Palate/Taste: Some cassis notes and other dark fruits. Moderate tannins (6.5/10) and moderate body. Moderate finish that is quite furry.
Opinion: Needs some time to allow the petit verdot to integrate more fully. Could increase in score but an 88 for now.

Varietals: 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Petit Verdot, and 13% Malbec.
Color: Crimson red.
Nose/Smell: Dark fruits, such as a little cassis and dark cherries.
Palate/Taste: Some cassis notes and other dark fruits. Moderate tannins (6.5/10) and moderate body. Moderate finish that is quite furry.
Opinion: Needs some time to allow the petit verdot to integrate more fully. Could increase in score but an 88 for now.

Dec 24th, 2015
Adam Knoerzer

Still feels a little green and tight, but this is going to be quite nice here in a few years. Paired really well with hearty bolognese-like pasta.

Still feels a little green and tight, but this is going to be quite nice here in a few years. Paired really well with hearty bolognese-like pasta.

Jun 23rd, 2015
Lilly-Gray Warren

Country Vitner

Country Vitner

Aug 19th, 2014
Ryan Mullins

Wow

Apr 4th, 2014
Sarah

Callie gave me this bottle, which Joris buys in bulk. Didn’t know what to expect from South Africa. Holy moly! Lush, savory, medium bodied, well-integrated tannins. Greatly exceeded my expectations. Wish I could find more of this.

Callie gave me this bottle, which Joris buys in bulk. Didn’t know what to expect from South Africa. Holy moly! Lush, savory, medium bodied, well-integrated tannins. Greatly exceeded my expectations. Wish I could find more of this.

Nov 29th, 2019
Khymn O’Malley

Would drink again, notable but not life-changing or altering for the price.

Would drink again, notable but not life-changing or altering for the price.

Sep 12th, 2019