Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 2016 Bottle size: 500ml

South Africa, Constantia
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The 2016 Vin de Constance was named Overall Sweet Wine of the Year in Tim Atkin MW's 2019 SA Special Report.
'Increasingly celebrated as one of the great sweet wines of the world, not just the Cape, Vin de Constance is a delight to taste and review. Slightly drier than the 205 release at 165 grams of sugar, it has more in common with the Loire or Tokaji than it does with Sauternes in terms of freshness and structure. Fresh, balanced and floral, with incredible delicacy, racy acidity, fine oak and flavours of pear tart, crystallised lemons and orange zest. Drink 2019-35.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2019, 98/100

'The 2016 Vin de Constance contains 165g/L residual sugar and has a pH of 3.73. It is slightly paler in color compared to other recent vintages. The well-defined bouquet offers scents of wild honey, acacia and orange blossom, all quite airy and focused – not what you would call a heavyweight nose. On the palate, laser-like acidity cuts through the viscous fruit, and notes of saffron and allspice furnish the honeyed texture. There is immense precision on the finish. Superb.' – Neal Martin, Vinour, 97/100

'Iconic reprise of legendary 18th- and 19-century Constantia sweet wine. Spectacular 2016 from muscat de Frontignan, harvested as ripe berries (for acidity) & raisins (for sugar concentration), delivers fragrant aromatic spices, honeyed floral highlights & piercing freshness, all in perfect balance & harmony after 36 months in oak (500L barrels & foudres) & acacia. 500 ml & magnum.' – Platter's Guide, 5* (96/100)

'Sweet and fragrant on the nose. Layers of honey, acacia, sultana and earthy spices. The palate is sweet but not remotely cloying, with bright acidity and great intensity of fruit and marmalade. Harmonious and intense, with superb purity and vibrancy. Mellow raisined notes are lifted by floral orange blossom, cinnamon and sweet vanilla spice. Unerring and long on the finish, superb!' – Tom Parker MW, Jancisrobinson.com, 18.5/20
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Condition New
Alcohol 14%
Body Medium-bodied
Drink to Long-term cellaring
Variety Muscat de Frontignan
Rating TA 98
Technical analysis RS: 164.8 g/L | TA: 6.5 g/L | PH: 3.7
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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