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
'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)

'Vintage reports suggest that the build-up to the 2018 harvest brought the highest summer rainfall of the last six years and, combined with some of the coldest night-time temperatures on record, the vines were granted a very long and very slow growing season. These conditions have imbued extreme delicacy of perfume and flavour and also staggering concentration and length in this wine. It also means that the 2018 vintage has otherworldly characteristics and I cannot remember a young vintage tasting so refined and demure. Light bunches and tiny Muscat de Frontignan berries underline just how unusual this vintage was and with a harvest that was a fortnight later than average and crops down by about 15% all of these facts make sense when you taste this ethereal wine. Aged for three years in a combination of 50% new French oak barrels, a small number of acacia barrels, as well as large format foudres, this is both a sensual and also sensitive wine. For a start, the colour is incredibly pale – think a young Sancerre! But the viscosity is amazing when you pour a glass because the liquid moves ever so slightly slower and more deliberately into the glass. The lights come on and the brain fires up immediately and it takes you by surprise just how quickly your olfactory system senses that you are in the presence of greatness. I was in a state of heightened anticipation, long before I raised the glass to my lips and the reward is exquisite. The perfume and palate combine in an astral haze of delight with orange blossom, fig, lemon verbena, wild honey and acacia notes caressing your senses. The texture is super-smooth, incredibly long and unnervingly gentle. It certainly possesses the longest finish I can remember on a Vin de Constance and I have, very fortunately, a tasted huge number of vintages of this wine. If you have never tasted this wine before, please start with this vintage – it will blow your mind. If you have and you are a fan, this is a critical purchase for your collection. I cannot wait to add this wine to my cellar later in the year. Drink now – 2070)' - Matthew Jukes, matthewjukes.com, 19.5++/20 – June. 2021

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' – 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 MJ 19.5++
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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