Klein Constantia Vin De Constance 2018 (6x50cl)

Klein Constantia Vin De Constance 2018 (6x50cl)

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With a history dating back to 1685, South Africa's Klein Constantia doesn't just produce some of South Africa's greatest wines but creates one of the world's greatest and most iconic sweet wines, Vin de Constance.

Following devastation of the vineyards by Phylloxera at the end of the 19th Century, the wine was revived by Klein Constantia in 1986, and has quickly reaffirmed its place back among the world's greatest sweet wines.

Scoring a massive 19.5++/20 from Matthew Jukes and 98 points from James Suckling. With "otherworldly characteristics", Jukes "cannot remember a young vintage tasting so refined and demure". While the "extraordinary aromas" (JS) might draw you in, it the palate that is really beguiling. "Super-smooth" and "unnervingly gentle" (MJ), the impeccable balance between the incredibly sweet dried apricot and tangerine notes and the citrus freshness keep it so "energetic and vivid" (JS). Possessing the "longest finish" that Jukes can remember experiencing, it goes on for minutes and minutes.

Although it is a sweet wine you can drink young to "marvel over the intensity and verve" (JS), this 2018 has a very long life ahead, with a drinking window up to 2070. This Vin De Constance 2018 will "blow your mind" (MJ) and considering it costs just a fraction of the price Château d'Yquem and Royal Tokaji's Essencia, the value for money is also out of this world.
98 Decanter  
98 Jane Anson  
98 James Suckling  
19.5++ Matthew Jukes  
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  • Year 2018
  • Colour White
  • Country South Africa
  • Region Coastal Region
  • Sub Region Constantia
  • Designation
  • Classification
  • Pack Size 6x50cl
  • ABV 14°
  • Drinking Window 2021 - 2070
  • Drinking Recommendation Drinking Now, will improve
  • LWIN 111854220180600500
Reviews (4)
98 Decanter  
98 Jane Anson  
98 James Suckling  
19.5++ Matthew Jukes  
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About Klein Constantia

Dating back to 1685, Klein Constantia is a profoundly special estate of breath-taking beauty. Arguably the single most beautiful winery in the world, in fact, it has been one of the mightiest names in South African wine for generations.

 

The crowning glory of the estate, which also crafts some impeccable dry wines, is without question the legendary Vin de Constance – preserve of Kings and artists from Napoléon Bonaparte to Charles Dickens and Jane Austen. Seared into the collective consciousness of wine lovers for hundreds of years, we came perilously close to losing this immense wine altogether due to the bane of almost every vineyard, Phylloxera.

 

Nestled amongst ancient trees on the foothills of the Constantiaberg, this imperious producer was not spared the onslaught of the root-devouring lice. With its stunning views of False Bay, the cooling sea breezes simply set an idyllic location for what would be so disastrous an infestation that the varietal from which Vin de Constance is made, Muscat, disappeared from their vineyards entirely.

 

Hope was kindled in 1982 when the Jooste family, current owners, planted the first Muscat vines on this site since their destruction. 1986 saw the first “new” vintage of South Africa’s greatest sweet wine, and the cuvée has reaffirmed itself as one of the greatest fine wines in the world over the past decades since its resurrection.

 

Collectors will be intimately familiar with both fortified sweet wines, and the great botrytis-laden wines of Sauternes and Tokaji. Vin de Constance is a late harvest wine. The grapes from which it is made are left on the vine for as long as possible to raisin and achieve very high levels of sugar on their own. A precarious balancing act is performed each and every vintage by the incredibly talented and diligent team at Klein Constantia, led by Matthew Day, to pick at just the right time.

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