Klein Constantia, Vin de Constance 500ml 1999

South Africa, Constantia
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These historic vineyards were first planted in the late 1600s as part of the original Constantia estate, whose legendary sweet wines were celebrated in literature by Jane Austen, Charles Dickens and Baudelaire.

It was sought after by Napoleon, in his exile, and by the courts of Europe in the 18th and 19th century. Chosen for its soil of decomposed Table Mountain granite, and its cooling sea breezes from both the Atlantic and Indian oceans, these vineyards provide the perfect terroir for premium winegrowing.

Grapes were left to raisin on the vines, and were hand-selected towards mid- March of this moderate vintage. Fermentation of the sweet, concentrated must took place in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks, followed by 18 months of maturation in French oak. The wine was released almost 5 years after harvest.

Tasting notes:
Viscous but lively in texture, this has layers of orange peel, maple, crème brûlée, green tea and quince paste flavors that stay tightly knit through the lengthy finish. An excellent dessert wine that is quietly putting together an enviable track record. Muscat de Frontignan'. – Wine Spectator, 92/100

'Deep, orange-gold in colour, with marked viscosity. Intense and complex nose of dried apricot and peaches. Luscious, concentrated, sweet fruit flavours on the palate are balanced by fine acidity, and followed by a very long, flavourful finish'. – Wine Maker

Alc: 14.65% RS: 186 g/L TA: 8.5 g/L pH: 3.69

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Bottle Size500ml
CountrySouth Africa
RatingWS 92
Drink ToDrink or cellar
ProducerKlein Constantia
VarietyMuscat d'Alexandrie
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