Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 2015 (500ml)

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KCVC201510 UCAU
$151.00 Per item
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500ml (Half Litre)
$151.00 Per item
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In the 18th and 19th centuries “the sweet luscious and excellent wine of Constantia” was recognized as one of the great wines of the world, savored by royalty and given pride of place in the cellars of the world’s greatest wine collectors. The most famous fan of Constantia was said to be Napoleon, who had regular shipments sent to him during his period of exile on St Helena. Although production ceased during the mid-to-late 1800s, in the 1980s, during the redevelopment of Klein Constantia Estate (a sub-division of the original Constantia estate granted to Cape commander Simon van der Stel in 1685), everyone involved was inspired to resurrect the legendary wine. Early records were studied and careful selection was made from vines which, in all likelihood, came from the original stock used in Constantia 300 years ago. Over a century since its disappearance came the renaissance – Vin de Constance – a wine made in the style of the old Constantia, from vineyards celebrated since the late 1600s. Vin de Constance is a late-harvest style made from Muscat de Frontignan (aka Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains) grapes, without botrytis. 10% of the Muscat is picked early, to make a base wine at 12.5–13 % alcohol with good acidity. The remaining grapes are left to accumulate sugar, and leaf remo(more...)
In the 18th and 19th centuries “the sweet luscious and excellent wine of Constantia” was recognized as one of the great wines of the world, savored by royalty and given pride of place in the cellars of the world’s greatest wine collectors. The most famous fan of Constantia was said to be Napoleon, who had regular shipments sent to him during his period of exile on St Helena. Although production ceased during the mid-to-late 1800s, in the 1980s, during the redevelopment of Klein Constantia Estate (a sub-division of the original Constantia estate granted to Cape commander Simon van der Stel in 1685), everyone involved was inspired to resurrect the legendary wine. Early records were studied and careful selection was made from vines which, in all likelihood, came from the original stock used in Constantia 300 years ago. Over a century since its disappearance came the renaissance – Vin de Constance – a wine made in the style of the old Constantia, from vineyards celebrated since the late 1600s. Vin de Constance is a late-harvest style made from Muscat de Frontignan (aka Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains) grapes, without botrytis. 10% of the Muscat is picked early, to make a base wine at 12.5–13 % alcohol with good acidity. The remaining grapes are left to accumulate sugar, and leaf remo(more...)

Scores & Reviews

98 / 100

Decanter

An historical wine, Vin de Constance has been re-established in the last few years as one of the world’s finest sweet wines. Dried Muscat grapes are aged for three years before bottling, in French and Hungarian casks with a touch of acacia wood. Citrus, orange zest, rosewater and spice notes leap out of the glass. The palate has a laser-like focus with massive sweetness perfectly balanced by acidity and a mineral finish. As impressive as Château d’Yquem (and considerably better value).

95 / 100

Wine Spectator

Intense, with dried orange peel, nectarine, apricot and kumquat notes laced with a vibrant green tea edge. The long finish picks up a bitter almond hint for added tension, while the unctuous fruit sails through. This is still very youthful and densely packed, so no rush at all. Muscat de Frontignan.