Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 2017 (500ml)

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James Suckling
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Neal Martin
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KCVC201710 UCAU
$190.00 Per item
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500ml (Half Litre)
$190.00 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

97 / 100

James Suckling

This is really sensational as always with dried-apricot, dried-pineapple and honey character with salted nuts and hints of white syrup. It’s very sweet, yet energetic and intense. It goes on for so long. And then again. Yet, it remains balanced. A great sweet wine through and through. Drink or hold.

95 / 100

Neal Martin

The 2017 Vin de Constance is lucid silvery-straw in hue. It is beautifully defined on the nose, featuring scents of dried honey, almond, praline and pressed yellow flowers, perhaps borrowing some of the airiness of the 2016 vintage. The palate is underpinned by a keen line of acidity that effortlessly counterbalances the richness of this 2017, making it one of the easiest sweet wines to drink in its youth. It conveys plenty of energy with a very persistent orange peel, quince and marmalade finish, then a spicy aftertaste. Sublime. Sample sent from Klein Constantia.