Klein Constantia

Estate Red Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

9.012 ratings
9.12 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
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
Samuli Jokipaltio

Traditional Thursday. Lovely old school blend from SA.

Traditional Thursday. Lovely old school blend from SA.

Jun 20th, 2019
Bernie Tenenbaum

Taste the terroir with this one!

Taste the terroir with this one!

Mar 1st, 2019
Mark Flesher

This wine is somewhat peculiar for a South African wine, it does have a lot of similarities to others. This wine has a lot of blackberry and black cherry influence, yet also maintaining the clove type of notes that I have come to find in a lot of these wines. This wine pour is rather dark into the glass, with a nose of floral perfume and blank teary. The palate is mostly dominated by black cherry, but enough clove enters into the equation to make it interesting. The middle of this wine goes slightly to a bacon fat sort of presentation. Finishes still rather tannic, therefore I think I'm going to let the other bottles sit for one or two years.

This wine is somewhat peculiar for a South African wine, it does have a lot of similarities to others. This wine has a lot of blackberry and black cherry influence, yet also maintaining the clove type of notes that I have come to find in a lot of these wines. This wine pour is rather dark into the glass, with a nose of floral perfume and blank teary. The palate is mostly dominated by black cherry, but enough clove enters into the equation to make it interesting. The middle of this wine goes slightly to a bacon fat sort of presentation. Finishes still rather tannic, therefore I think I'm going to let the other bottles sit for one or two years.

Nov 3rd, 2018
Stanislav Lobanov

16.5/20 (90/100) Вино с ароматами кассиса, сухой черники, кедра и шоколада. Довольно тельное, высокая кислотность, мягкие, почти шелковистые танины. Приятное, готовое вино.

16.5/20 (90/100) Вино с ароматами кассиса, сухой черники, кедра и шоколада. Довольно тельное, высокая кислотность, мягкие, почти шелковистые танины. Приятное, готовое вино.

Oct 25th, 2018
Matt Sterr

Matt had this 2 years ago

Matt had this 2 years ago

Apr 17th, 2018
Sarah Oettel

Sarah had this 3 months ago

Sarah had this 3 months ago

Sep 11th, 2019
Philip Glebow

Philip had this a year ago

Philip had this a year ago

Dec 16th, 2018