Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 2018 Bottle size: 500ml

South Africa, Constantia
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'With more than 320 years of history, Vin de Constance is without a doubt THE greatest sweet wine of the Southern hemisphere.' – Greg Sherwood MW.
The 2018 Vin de Constance was named Overall Sweet Wine of the Year in Tim Atkin MW's 2021 SA Special Report.
'A gorgeous wine, texturally brilliant with such intensity while not being overpowering or too much. The overall feeling is so satin-like, smooth and intense with layers of wild honey, orange blossom, caramel, pear, white peach and a delicate smokiness. The aromas alone are enough to get your excited about this wine. A density of sweetness settles at the back of the throat reminding you that this is a sweet wine as there’s so much freshness and life to it. Everything in balance and in its place. Exceptional. Drink now to enjoy the youth or wait for further evolution. Drinking Window 2021 - 2050.' – Georgina Hindle, Decanter, 98/100

'Extraordinary aromas of white peaches, apricots, vanilla and flowers. Full-bodied and very sweet with so much sweet and dried fruit, such as apricots and tangerines, yet it maintains citrusy freshness and texture, with a long, very sweet finish. Always energetic and vivid. Great length to this. Goes on for minutes. It’s a sweet wine to drink when young, to marvel over the intensity and verve, yet also one to age for decades. Drink or hold.' – James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com 98/100 (Aug 2021)

'Made from raisined Muscat de Frontignan grapes - only the 1997 and 2011 releases had a little botrytis - this is the latest in a run of world-class releases of Vin de Constance. Showing remarkable purity and elegance, despite the heat of 2018, it has 60% new wood, 172 grams of sugar, fine balance, racy acidity and flavours of patisserie, tangerine and pear. The essence of Muscat. Drink 2023-35.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2021, 97/100

'It’s yet again an exquisite wine – top notes of potpourri, herbs and spice before peach and citrus on the nose while the palate is indeed light and energetic while simultaneously being intensely flavoured, the finish long and dry. Currently youthful and tightly wound, this is no doubt worthy of some age. ' – Christian Eedes, Winemag.co.za, 97/100

'The 2018 Vin de Constance was picked over 60 days, the second most prolonged picking since the maiden 1986 vintage. It was lightly pressed into 500-liter barrels for alcoholic fermentation, which can take up to six months, then matured on the gross lees in 60% new oak and acacia barrels. This vintage contains 172g/L residual sugar and 6.2g/L total acidity. It presents a vibrant, effervescent bouquet of freshly sliced grapefruit, fresh fig and citrus fruit, all penetrating, vivacious and tensile. The palate is beautifully balanced with a fine bead of acidity, impressive weight and notes of grapefruit and orange zest plus hints of stem ginger. The spiciness is accentuated toward the finish. Another outstanding Vin de Constance courtesy of winemaker Matt Day. Drink 2022-2045.' – Neal Martin, Vinous, 96/100 (Nov 2021)

'Another brilliant nose from Vin de Constance. Very floral, with notes of fresh grapes, sultanas and honey. The palate is fleshy and complex with spice. Ginger, lemongrass and yuzu come through with further notes of honey and sultana. Despite the sweetness, there is a lightness of touch. Vibrant, powerful fruit and earthy ginger and saffron linger on a very long finish.' – Tom Parker MW, JancisRobinson.com, 18/20

Bright and yellow gold in colour. The nose is layered with complex flavours of Seville marmalade, ginger spice and grapefruit. A rich and luxurious mouthfeel, the wine is full bodied, fresh and vibrant. The palate is balanced showcasing a perfect harmony between salinity, acidity, spice and sweetness. Concentrated with suspended density, it concludes with a pithy astringency and a lingering finish' – Matthew Day, Winemaker
More Information
Condition New
Winemaker Matthew Day
Alcohol 13.7%
Body Full-bodied
Blend information 100% Muscat de Frontignan
Drink to Long-term cellaring
Variety Muscat de Frontignan
Rating DEC 98
Technical analysis RS: 172 g/L | TA: 6.2 g/L | PH: 3.77
Producer information Klein Constantia, which dates back to 1685, has been described as one of the world's most beautiful wine estates. The 146-hectare estate, situated in Constantiaberg, is known for its natural sweet wines, Vin de Constance. The vines are planted on the slopes overlooking False Bay, and experience a cool climate.
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