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92pt Klein Constantia 2014 Estate Red - From the makers of Angelus

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The best of two worlds! The intense ripe fruit of the New World meets the finesse and know-how of the Old World...

Klein Constantia may only make the one red wine, but boy is it a good one!

Of course, you'd expect little else when you have South African prodigy Matthew Day (named as one of the top 30 winemakers in the world to watch) teaming up with the legendary Hubert de Boüard of superstar Saint-Émilion Château Angélus, whose wines sell for hundreds of pounds...

The result is a wine to challenge the greats of Bordeaux  - but with its own South African character. Velvety fruit combines with a rich, dense palate to produce a delicious, complex red that is hard to resist drinking immediately - although it will certainly age well.

We'd love to slip this into a blind tasting of Bordeaux red - not only would the quality level shock but the price would astound! Just £17.75 for a wine of this quality is a steal!

Previous vintages have sold out on the day we offered them - and we expect this to be no different. So make sure you don't miss out on one of South Africa's best...

About the wine

A deep ruby hue with a lifted aroma of intense red and black fruit (blackberry and cherry fruit), a touch of smoke and spice and a note of earthy minerality to add complexity. This is a dense, full-bodied, savoury red, with a satisfying chewy texture of rounded, ripe tannins giving structure and length to the bright and intense fruit notes of cassis and damson that are overlaid by tobacco and mocha. Long and rich on the finish, it is still youthful and although it is delicious drinking right now, it definitely has the stuffing to mature nicely.

This Estate Red has all the credentials for a fantastic red wine – ocean-cooled, high-altitude vineyards, with ancient decomposed granite soils. These factors ensure the estate-grown grapes take on dense colour, magnificent depth of flavour and powerful aromas – all elements that are skillfully guided into the bottle.

To make the wine, the red grape vineyards are divided into small blocks, so that each is harvested at its optimum ripeness. This is echoed in the cellar, with each batch vinified separately. Rigorous selection in the winery is a given, with very gentle handling in the newly equipped cellars and minimal interference from the winemaker, so the wine speaks of its soil, its climate and its grapes. The fruit is vinified in stainless steel, with long ageing on the lees and 12 months maturation in half-new French oak barrels.  

Winemaker: Matthew Day 
Appellation: Constantia WO

Accolades :
- 92pts, James Suckling
- 90pts, Wine Spectator
- 90pts, Tim Atkin
- 4.5/5 Stars, John Platter, South Africa's Top Wine Guide
- 3.9/5 Vivino rating

Grapes:58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Shiraz, 14% Petit Verdot, 9% Malbec
Vineyard: Constantia WO
Cooperage: 12 months in French Oak Barrels 
ABV: 14%

About the winery

Klein Constantia is a remarkable estate. The property was once part of the 1685 farm that was established by Simon Van der Stel. He recognised the huge potential of the soils and adopted 900 hectares of land for his property – almost a whole valley.

The winery was responsible for the remarkable Vin de Constance that became the most sought-after fine wine in the world, adored by Napoleon, Frederick the Great, Louis XVI, the Russian Royal Family, poet Baudelaire, Dickens and Jane Austen, who recommended it for soothing a broken heart. 

The grand estate spiralled into decline when phylloxera decimated vineyards, but the Jooste family took ownership in the 1980s and once more built it up and revived the great Vin de Constance. 

However, it is the newest owners –  Zdenek Bakala and Charles Harman – who have done most to lift the estate and its wines to today's heights. They have carried out a major refurbishment of the cellars that allows for a gentler treatment of both grapes and wine, and have made substantial investment in the vineyards to ensure a prosperous future. Their clear intent is to make the finest wines they can. 

Today they have 146 hectares of land, with 80 of it planted to vines. In 2012 they merged with Anwilka in Stellenbosch, which saw Bruno Prats of Sainte-Estèphe’s Château Cos d’Estournel and Hubert de Boüard of Saint-Émilion’s Château Angélus, become shareholders and lend their renowned expertise to the reds. 

This is an estate with a clear and exciting future.

About the vineyard

Klein Constantia’s vineyards lie on the slopes of the Constantiaberg mountain (part of the Table Mountain range) with the very highest, coolest slopes being kept for the estate’s vibrant Sauvignon Blanc (which makes up 60% of production).

Grapes for the superb Estate Red are nurtured on 8.5 hectares of the property. Planted at altitude (although not as high as the Sauvignon), they benefit – like Bordeaux – from cooling coastal breezes that sweep in from False Bay just 10km away. The result of this cooler climate is a long, slow ripening, and grapes with impressive depth of flavour, deep colour in the skins and powerful aromas. 

And the soil … for the Estate Red it comprises 600-million-year-old decomposed granite, which promotes well-drained thirsty vines, while an element of clay helps retain a portion of moisture during the hotter, dry summer. It’s a fine balance, which has proved ideal for this remarkable, intense, elegant red. 

About the winemaker  

There are so many amazing things going on at Klein Constantia at the moment, we have been given a golden opportunity to step up to the plate and take South African wine to the next level.” Matthew Day

Matthew Day has enjoyed a stellar projectory in his winemaking career and is still on a steep upwards curve. In 2014, Drinks Business Magazine named him among the top 30 young winemakers in the world to watch. He is praised for his ‘out-of-the-box’ thinking, yet he refrains from being out-and-out radical, while all remark on his natural, laidback charm. 



92 Points - James Suckling
"Fresh black cherries and black currants on the nose. Balanced and fruit forward on the palate. Medium to full body. Firm tannins. Outstanding freshness with minty character."


90 Points - Wine Spectator
"A ripe, polished style, with a suave core of currant, cherry and plum confiture notes inlaid with light mocha and singed vanilla notes. Enticing through the finish, in a fruit-forward way. Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Shiraz.


90 Points - Tim Atkin
"The focus these days at KC is on Vin de Constance and Sauvignon Blanc, but this Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend with Shiraz, Petit Verdot and Malbec, made by Bordeaux’s Hubert de Boüard, is worth tracking down. Smooth, leafy and refined with good concentration."




4.5/5 Stars - John Platter 
"Only red in Estate line-up, but a commanding presence. 2014 58% cab with shiraz, petit verdot & malbec; achieves power, authority without heavy extraction or oak. Compact core of dark fruit, persistence & freshness, should improve decade or more" 

"Now, lookie here, here's a real gem that is made in the cradle of the Cape viticulture...The nose presents scents of red and black berry fruits and plum, overwhelmed by subtle notes of cinnamon and white pepper mixt with a touch of vanilla.
A fruity, but round and rich palate with plenty of berry fruit and a rich tannin structure wich is perfectly balanced between intensity and fruitiness"  4/5 Stars

"Great wine, dried fruit, spice & pepper combine to make a delicious red from the hills and mountains that is Klein Constantia4/5 Stars

"Oh yes a full dry fruity skilfully blended red. Lots of body, smooth deep and keeps going. Slight cherry, raspberry and blackberry. Tanins balanced well and oak is subtle taste. Nice."  4.5/5 Stars

"Full bodied wine, taste of wild ripe berries, hints of herbs, mint and oak on the follow through, great tannis, smooth finish...SA wine at its best"  4.5/5 Stars



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Bordeaux brilliance meets South African skill! The 2014 Klein Constantia Red "a commanding presence"
The best of both worlds! Saint-Émilion meets South Africa
"Fresh black cherries and black currants on the nose. Balanced and fruit forward on the palate. Medium to full body. Firm tannins. Outstanding freshness with minty character."
this Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend with Shiraz, Petit Verdot and Malbec, made by Bordeaux’s Hubert de Boüard, is worth tracking down. Smooth, leafy and refined with good concentration."
The best of two worlds! The intense ripe fruit of the New World meets the finesse and know-how of the Old World... Klein Constantia may only make the one red wine, but boy is it a good one! Of course, you'd expect little else when you have South Afri
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