Klein Constantia, Vin de Constance 500ml 1996

South Africa, Constantia
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Klein Constantia6Vin de Constance199620151218080656
R2,955
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Critic Score

94
WA

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The re-creation of the legendary Constantia wine made in the 18th and 19th centuries, sought after by Napoleon, the aristocracy of Europe, King George IV and King Louis Philippe and praised by Charles Dickens, Jane Austen and Baudelaire.

Situated on the narrow Cape Peninsula, Klein Constantia¹s vineyards enjoy a temperate maritime climate. The Muscat is planted on the lower, warmer slopes in unirrigated soils consisting of decomposed Table Mountain granite.

Tasting notes:
Burnished golden colour with wafts of apricots infused with muscat. Complex, Lingering lemon honey sweetness. Beautifully balanced.

'The 1996 Vin de Constance is has a lucid amber hue. The nose is very engaging: marmalade, seaweed, quince, frangipane and a touch of chlorine – more like a mature Barsac than mature Sauternes. The palate is medium-bodied with a restrained viscous entry of mandarin, orange rind and quince. It is nicely focused and precise, even if it does not quite possess the delineation of the 2007 and 2008 on the finish. Very fine'. – Wine Advocate, 95/100

'This has the color of dark iced tea, with a burnished edge to the maple, clove, date, green tea and mulled spice notes all laced with tangy acidity and a long, incense-infused finish. Clearly maturing in its flavor profile, but still with plenty of zip.--Non-blind Vin de Constance vertical (2010)'. – Wine Spectator, 92/100

Analysis:
Alc: 14.5% RS: 112 g/L TA: 8.7 g/L pH: 3.67

Muscat de Frontignan 100%

More Information
Bottle Size500ml
StyleSweet
CountrySouth Africa
RatingWA 94
Drink ToDrink or cellar
PriceR2,955.00
ProducerKlein Constantia
RegionConstantia
VarietyMuscat d'Alexandrie
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