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Vin de Constance, Klein Constantia 2017 (50cl)

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Tasting Notes

The nose is wonderfully perfume with notes of citrus and apricot with overtones of flowers, mint and other herbs and spice. The structure and balance of the palate is almost perfect – lovely fruit delineation and a great line of acidity before a finish that is long and dry. It’s hardly weighty but has the sort of abundance of flavour and, yes, sugar befitting of one of the world’s great sweet wines (alcohol is 14% and RS is 165g/l). Christian Eede’s rating : 98/100

More Info

Really profoundly good. From Muscat de Frontignan, 40% of the vines are untrellised, grapes harvested in 22 batches over two months. Maturation, meanwhile, involves 18 months in 500-litre barrels, oak and acacia before a further 18 months in foudre.


“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.” ”
97pts, James Suckling
“'This is the most remarkable young Constance I have ever tasted (and I have seen a few!). This epic sweetie, fashioned from super-sweet Muscat de Frontignan grapes, and coming from one of the most dramatic properties in the Cape, uses a recipe handed down since the 1700s. Adored by Dickens, Baudelaire, Bronte and Napoleon, to name but a few luminaries, this inspirational wine is one of the only truly great sweet wines which tastes stunning from the off and then matures gracefully for an eternity. This means that you never have to feel guilty when you open a bottle. Winemaker Matt Day is justifiably excited about his baby, noting ‘white flowers, ripe citrus and touch of rosewater and almonds’ among his tasting notes. I didn’t write down any florid descriptors this time. I am lucky enough to have stood in this vineyard, so I simply wrote ‘pristine sunshine + perfect site = sheer heaven”
Matthew Jukes
“This is just remarkable... In the mouth, this is complex and intense – almost viscous – with fresh citrus & table grape fruit, showing a bit of spice and marmalade, some peach skin and honey. The finish is endless: the purity of this wine is astonishing, but it’s not at all cloying, with some spicy phenolics adding the required detail, and a bit of alcoholic warmth. One of the world’s great sweet wines: you can cellar this with confidence”
96pts, Jamie Goode

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