Our intention for the Estate Red 2016 was to produce a wine that represents our unique location. Over the years we have selected cultivars that best suit our terroir, planting them on the lower and warmer slopes of Klein Constantia. Located in one of the coolest wine growing regions in South Africa, we are able to achieve ripeness in conjunction with delicate tannins, allowing us to create a more elegant and refined wine.
About the Vineyard
Our soils originate from 600 million year old granite, formed in a period of different climatic conditions to today. This well-drained, fertile decomposed granite with high clay content ensures good water retention. During the long, dry summers of the Cape, enough water will slowly drain back into the vineyards to ensure an effective leaf canopy and proper ripening of the fruit.
Each parcel is carefully identified and blocks are split into multiple portions in order to harvest at the perfect ripeness. Malolactic fermentation takes place in 40% new French oak barrels after alcoholic fermentation. The wine is then aged for 12 months before blending and bottling.
Deep ruby red in appearance. The Estate Red boasts a lively nose with rich dark fruit from ripe plums to blackcurrant with a perfume of elegant oak spice. The palate is refined with delicate red fruit backed up by well integrated tannin that allow for a long savory finish.