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92pt Klein Constantia Estate Brut 2013

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Awarded ‘First Growth’ status by Master of Wine Tim Atkin in his definitive South Africa Report, there’s an exciting energy fuelling the wines of the historic Klein Constantia estate.

With a history dating back 331 years, Klein Constantia are proving that this magnificent, cool-climate estate is a top producer of Sauvignon, Bordeaux reds … and Trophy-winning sparkling wine!

Awarded a Gold Medal and 'Best South African Sparkling Wine' at the World Championships for Champagne & Sparkling Wine, this wine is truly showing its class – a fine gentle mousse, delicate biscuity, brioche aromas and bright, citrusy and green apple notes.

A beautifully balanced, long-flavoured Méthode Traditionelle worthy of this ‘First Growth’ Estate and an absolute bargain at just £16.50 a bottle..!

About the wine

Champagne’s classic Chardonnay grape is the only variety used in Klein Constantia’s MCC Brut, sourced from a single block, but harvested on different dates to provide a whole palette of flavours to blend with – from deep ripe fruit to the freshest acidity. Light and bright in appearance, the nose displays fresh minerality and flinty expressive notes with buttery brioche characters, followed by a slight green apple and citrus aroma. The palate is focused and defined with a mineral backbone and a fine mousse. With a fresh acidity, the wine concludes with a zesty and toasty finish. Delicious drinking now, but will also gather further richness with ageing.

Méthode Cape Classique is the South African parlance for the Champagne method that produces the finest sparkling wine in the world.

All importantly the secondary fermentation takes place in bottle. It’s a labour-intensive process, requiring a daily rotation of bottles as the wine ages on its lees and individual handling when it comes to the all-important disgorgement.

Free-run juice, nine months ageing in barrel and 20 months ageing on lees before disgorgement – these are the top credentials of this superb quality, excellent value sparkler with its delicious toasty complexity and length. 

Appellation: Constantia WO

- 92pts, Decanter
Gold Medal & 'Best SA Sparkling',  World Championships
- 3.8/5 Stars, Vivino Rating

Grapes100% Chardonnay
Vineyard: Constantia vineyards
Cooperage: 9 months in French oak, 3 years in bottle

About the winery

Klein Constantia is a remarkable estate that 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. It produced then 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 – financiers with heart Zdenek Bakala and Charles Harman – who have done most to lift the estate and its wines to the grand heights they now occupy. They have carried out a major refurbishment of the cellars for a gentler treatment of grapes and wine, and made substantial investment in the vineyards to ensure a prosperous future. Their clear intent is to make the finest wine in the world, not just South Africa!

About the vineyard

Klein Constantia’s vineyards lie on the slopes of the Constantiaberg mountain (part of the Table Mountain range).

The pristine Chardonnay grapes for the estate’s award-winning sparkler come from the warmer lower slopes, with its well-drained sandy soils, which lends excellent intensity of flavour to the wine.


92 points - Decanter
"The nose shows a flinty nuance with citrus zest, complimenting a weighty palate of peach and sweet lemon."

 Gold Medal - 'Best South African  Sparkling Wine'


"Pale golden colour. Small bubbles, very smooth and elegant. Minerality but more the gravel type, subtle. Medium - light acidity. Rather shy on the nose perhaps of mango, warm tropical fruits. Toasty, no pun intended. Easy drinking"  4/5 Stars

"Fresher and brighter than its French champagne pairing counterpart!"  4/5 Stars

"Dry and fruity enough, perfect bubbles. Delicious!"  4/5 Stars

"One of South Africa's best bubbles! "  4.5/5 Stars


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South Africa's best sparkling wine! Incredible value from Klein Constantia
South Africa's best sparkling wine - watch out Champagne!
2018-06-02 23:59:59
92 points
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