Klein Constantia Brut 2011
By Christian Eedes, 4 February 2014
With the 2010 Brut Méthode Cap Classique from Klein Constantia having rated 5 Stars in the current edition of Platter’s, how does the newly released 2011 (R179 a bottle) shape up?
From Chardonnay, the wine was aged for nine months in 500-litre barrels before secondary fermentation and then left on the lees for a further 20 months before disgorgement. Citrus blossom, green apple, lemon and a subtle biscuit-like note on the nose. The palate meanwhile is clean and correct with bright acidity and a fine although not particularly energetic mousse. To my mind, KC is making very good but hardly the best bubbly in the country.