Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 2016 (500ml)

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Neal Martin
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Tim Atkin MW
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KCVC201610 UCAU
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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

97 / 100

Neal Martin

The 2016 Vin de Constance is matured in 50% French acacia oak, Hungarian oak and regular French oak, and 50% in French foudres. This has more delineation and precision on the nose compared to the previous vintage, offering acacia honey, quince, saffron and touches of elderflower in the background. The palate is very well balanced with fine precision, a killer line of acidity and disarming purity toward a finish that lingers in the mouth. Stunning.

98 / 100

Tim Atkin MW

Increasingly celebrated as one of the great sweet wines of the world, not just the Cape. Slightly drier than the 2015 release at 165 grams of sugar, it has more in common with the Loire or Tokaji than it does with Sauternes in terms of freshness and structure. Drink 2019 - 2035