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Vin de Constance 500ml

Klein Constantia, Vin de Constance 500ml 2013

R895

18 in stock

Notes

Platter's Wine Guide: Dessert Wine of the Year

'A Cape classic, painstakingly crafted dessert from raised muscat de Frontignan, our Unfortified Dessert Wine of the Year. 13 emerges triumphant from 3 years in various types & sizes of barrel, showing pedigree & class. Perfumed & exotically spicy, with silky texture, dried peach & melon fruit. Also in magnum'. – Platter's Wine Guide 2018, 5*

'The 2013 Vin de Constance Natural Sweet Wine was matured in 500-liter barrels for around 36 months. It has a beautiful bouquet with honey, quince, pressed yellow flowers and Mirabelle. It has wonderful definition and purity. The palate is very well balanced with a mellifluous texture and beautifully judged acidity as it just sashays along. It fans out on the finish with honey, quince, a touch of rhubarb and ginger, extraordinarily persistent in the mouth. Matthew Day, current winemaker, opined that he thought the 2012 would be the best ever, but the freshness might see it overtaken. This is awesome.' – Neal Martin, Wine Advocate 96/100

'Matt Day’s second vintage in charge of this iconic sweet wine marks an evolution in style, with the addition of essencia and slightly less alcohol and residual sugar (172 grams). It’s another lovely VDC, showing flavours of tarte tatin, orange marmalade, baking spices and subtle oak ageing. Drink: 2017-30.‘ – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2016

This is the new release of one of the most iconic South African wines. It has a grand history, with the likes of Napoleon and Jane Austen singing its praises.

Tasting notes:
Bright and gold in appearance with aromas of citrus marmalade and frangi pani abundant on the nose. The palate is full bodied and complex. A good sugar to fruit ratio combined with a great acidity ensures the wine is in balance. The wine concludes with a long, spicy and grippy finish.

Due to a prolonged winter and cool spring, the growing season was late in 2013 and delayed budburst by up to 2 weeks. Ideal conditions prevailed with moderate daytime and cool nighttime temperatures. This together with a dry season ensured for perfect ripening and raisining of the Muscat de Frontignan.

In order to create the perfect blend, a variety of techniques are utilized to optimally produce each component. Throughout the season we harvest in batches, from the riper berries that have great acidity to the raisins for sugar concentration. These batches form the perfect ratio between sugar, alcohol and acidity which allows the wine to stop fermentation naturally and without intervention. This wine is the culmination a great attention to detail, form bunch and berry sorting to barrel aging and cellaring.

The wine was aged in a combination of 60 % new French oak, Hungarian oak and French Acacia. It was left for a period of 3 years in barrel on the gross lees before racking out and blending. It spent a further 6 months in tank before bottling.

This is a real investment wine.

Analysis:
Alc: 13.7% vol RS: 172g/l pH: 3.7 TA: 6.6g/l
Platter's Wine Guide: Dessert Wine of the Year

'A Cape classic, painstakingly crafted dessert from raised muscat de Frontignan, our Unfortified Dessert Wine of the Year. 13 emerges triumphant from 3 years in various types & sizes of barrel, showing pedigree & class. Perfumed & exotically spicy, with silky texture, dried peach & melon fruit. Also in magnum'. – Platter's Wine Guide 2018, 5*

'The 2013 Vin de Constance Natural Sweet Wine was matured in 500-liter barrels for around 36 months. It has a beautiful bouquet with honey, quince, pressed yellow flowers and Mirabelle. It has wonderful definition and purity. The palate is very well balanced with a mellifluous texture and beautifully judged acidity as it just sashays along. It fans out on the finish with honey, quince, a touch of rhubarb and ginger, extraordinarily persistent in the mouth. Matthew Day, current winemaker, opined that he thought the 2012 would be the best ever, but the freshness might see it overtaken. This is awesome.' – Neal Martin, Wine Advocate 96/100

'Matt Day’s second vintage in charge of this iconic sweet wine marks an evolution in style, with the addition of essencia and slightly less alcohol and residual sugar (172 grams). It’s another lovely VDC, showing flavours of tarte tatin, orange marmalade, baking spices and subtle oak ageing. Drink: 2017-30.‘ – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2016

This is the new release of one of the most iconic South African wines. It has a grand history, with the likes of Napoleon and Jane Austen singing its praises.

Tasting notes:
Bright and gold in appearance with aromas of citrus marmalade and frangi pani abundant on the nose. The palate is full bodied and complex. A good sugar to fruit ratio combined with a great acidity ensures the wine is in balance. The wine concludes with a long, spicy and grippy finish.

Due to a prolonged winter and cool spring, the growing season was late in 2013 and delayed budburst by up to 2 weeks. Ideal conditions prevailed with moderate daytime and cool nighttime temperatures. This together with a dry season ensured for perfect ripening and raisining of the Muscat de Frontignan.

In order to create the perfect blend, a variety of techniques are utilized to optimally produce each component. Throughout the season we harvest in batches, from the riper berries that have great acidity to the raisins for sugar concentration. These batches form the perfect ratio between sugar, alcohol and acidity which allows the wine to stop fermentation naturally and without intervention. This wine is the culmination a great attention to detail, form bunch and berry sorting to barrel aging and cellaring.

The wine was aged in a combination of 60 % new French oak, Hungarian oak and French Acacia. It was left for a period of 3 years in barrel on the gross lees before racking out and blending. It spent a further 6 months in tank before bottling.

This is a real investment wine.

Analysis:
Alc: 13.7% vol RS: 172g/l pH: 3.7 TA: 6.6g/l
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PG 5*

Country

ZA

Region

Constantia

Style

Sweet

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