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Vin de Constance 500ml

Klein Constantia, Vin de Constance 500ml 2014

R990

15 in stock

Notes

100% Muscat de Frontignan

In order to further elevate the quality of Vin de Constance, they aim to constantly improve various elements in the making of this wine. Throughout the season they harvest in batches – from the riper berries that have great acidity to the raisins for sugar concentration. Upon entering the cellar, each batch is separated and treated differently. These batches make up the perfect ratio between sugar, alcohol and acidity which allows the wine to stop fermentation naturally and without intervention. Fermentation ranges anywhere between 6 weeks to 6 months.

Tasting notes:
'The 2014 Vin de Constance was assembled from 15 lots and matured in 33% new French oak, 5% Hungarian oak and 2% acacia for three years, the first vintage to use the new fermentation tanks in the renovated winery. It has 172gm/L residual sugar and a very attractive bouquet (as always) of honeysuckle, orange pith, marmalade and pineapple. The palate is vivacious on the entry, offering orange zest, mandarin, apricot and light spicy notes. This feels very harmonious and precise, and there is almost a fieriness toward the finish. Another in a succession of fabulous Vin de Constance wines under wünderkind Matt Day.' – Neal Martin Report 2018, 94/100

'From Muscat de Frontignan as ever, the 2014 is again immaculately judged – harvested in batches, the wine was matured for 36 months in a combination of French and Hungarian oak plus French Acacia. The nose is exceptionally aromatic with notes of flowers and fynbos before citrus, stone fruit, burnt sugar and spice. The palate is not too rich but nevertheless has a lovely presence about it, while the finish is long and savoury. Complex and balanced, this is truly world-class.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 97/100

'This is not the densest or most exotic of recent Vin de Constance releases, but what it lacks in power it more than makes up for with elegance. More Barsac than Sauternes-like perhaps? Quince, pastry and orange zest notes, with lovely tarte tatin acidity, subtle vanilla spice and a long, nuanced finish. 2019-35.' – Tim Atkin South African Special Report 2017, 96/100

'Bright and yellow gold in colour. The nose displays aromas of citrus, ginger and fresh nutmeg. Elegant, well rounded in acidity with a creamy mouthfeel, the flavours follow through offering a zesty mid palate. Full and refreshing, the wine concludes with a long and concentrated finish.' – Winemaker

Viticulture:
The 2014 harvest for the Muscat de Frontignan started later than usual due to a long wet winter. During the ripening process we experienced dry and moderate temperatures with rainfall that was unusual for the season. All these conditions lead to effective raisining in late March and early April.

Vinification:
The wine was aged in a combination of 50 % 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.

100% Muscat de Frontignan

In order to further elevate the quality of Vin de Constance, they aim to constantly improve various elements in the making of this wine. Throughout the season they harvest in batches – from the riper berries that have great acidity to the raisins for sugar concentration. Upon entering the cellar, each batch is separated and treated differently. These batches make up the perfect ratio between sugar, alcohol and acidity which allows the wine to stop fermentation naturally and without intervention. Fermentation ranges anywhere between 6 weeks to 6 months.

Tasting notes:
'The 2014 Vin de Constance was assembled from 15 lots and matured in 33% new French oak, 5% Hungarian oak and 2% acacia for three years, the first vintage to use the new fermentation tanks in the renovated winery. It has 172gm/L residual sugar and a very attractive bouquet (as always) of honeysuckle, orange pith, marmalade and pineapple. The palate is vivacious on the entry, offering orange zest, mandarin, apricot and light spicy notes. This feels very harmonious and precise, and there is almost a fieriness toward the finish. Another in a succession of fabulous Vin de Constance wines under wünderkind Matt Day.' – Neal Martin Report 2018, 94/100

'From Muscat de Frontignan as ever, the 2014 is again immaculately judged – harvested in batches, the wine was matured for 36 months in a combination of French and Hungarian oak plus French Acacia. The nose is exceptionally aromatic with notes of flowers and fynbos before citrus, stone fruit, burnt sugar and spice. The palate is not too rich but nevertheless has a lovely presence about it, while the finish is long and savoury. Complex and balanced, this is truly world-class.' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 97/100

'This is not the densest or most exotic of recent Vin de Constance releases, but what it lacks in power it more than makes up for with elegance. More Barsac than Sauternes-like perhaps? Quince, pastry and orange zest notes, with lovely tarte tatin acidity, subtle vanilla spice and a long, nuanced finish. 2019-35.' – Tim Atkin South African Special Report 2017, 96/100

'Bright and yellow gold in colour. The nose displays aromas of citrus, ginger and fresh nutmeg. Elegant, well rounded in acidity with a creamy mouthfeel, the flavours follow through offering a zesty mid palate. Full and refreshing, the wine concludes with a long and concentrated finish.' – Winemaker

Viticulture:
The 2014 harvest for the Muscat de Frontignan started later than usual due to a long wet winter. During the ripening process we experienced dry and moderate temperatures with rainfall that was unusual for the season. All these conditions lead to effective raisining in late March and early April.

Vinification:
The wine was aged in a combination of 50 % 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.

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Country

ZA

Region

Constantia

Style

Sweet

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