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    Klein Constantia

    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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    Prices: In Bond Inc. VAT
    Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
    Klein Constantia Vin De Constance 2007 (6x50cl)
    Inc. VAT: £476.40
    2007

    Klein Constantia Vin De Constance 2007 (6x50cl)

    Wine Advocate (97)

    Although I have tasted the 2007 Vin de Constance on several occasions, this was the first time professionally. It has an explosive bouquet that sprints out of the blocks with a more effervescent, vivacious personality than the 2008. Citrus lemon, Seville orange marmalade, touches of mandarin and a dash of spice all vie for attention. The aromatics are more Sauternes-like than the 2008. The palate is very well-balanced with a viscous opening, a keen thread of acidity and a bewitching sense of poise and focus. This is probably the finest Vin de Constance to date as it fans out marvellously on the multi-layered finish. This is a startling, world-class wine that gives Yquem a run for its money.
    As per photos ,2070235 Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    3-4 weeks

    Coastal Region 6x50cl 1 97 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £476.40
    Klein Constantia Vin De Constance 2008 (6x50cl)
    Inc. VAT: £490.72
    2008

    Klein Constantia Vin De Constance 2008 (6x50cl)

    Wine Advocate (95)

    The 2008 Vin de Constance is the latest release from the estate. “We were happy with the 2008,” Matthew told me. “But it was tough to follow-up a great vintage. It spent a slightly shorter time in barrel and has 160g/L residual sugar with a pH of 3.6. It had the lowest volatile acidity in a Vin de Constance in a long time. To me the 2008 is more toward the older style of Vin de Constance.” It already offers a very complex bouquet with fresh pineapple, quince, Japanese yuzu, just a hint of grass clippings and then later mille fieulle. It is obviously tightly wound at the moment, but extremely well focused. The palate is medium-bodied with a fine viscous entry that immediately comes across as very elegant and refined. It feel smooth and pure – gentle in the mouth, caressing the senses with its quince and marmalade tinged finish with a suggestions of shaved ginger on the aftertaste. Returning after 40 minutes, the finish has mellowed and attained a beguiling effervescent quality, almost like an unctuous Lucozade! Wonderful.
    2 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

    Coastal Region 6x50cl 2 95 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £490.72
    Klein Constantia Vin De Constance 2014 (6x50cl)
    Inc. VAT: £423.52
    2014

    Klein Constantia Vin De Constance 2014 (6x50cl)

    Tim Atkin (96)

    South Africa's Sweet Wine of the Year 2017.
    2 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

    Coastal Region 6x50cl 2 96 (TA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £423.52
    Klein Constantia Vin De Constance 2015 (6x50cl)
    Inc. VAT: £322.72
    2015

    Klein Constantia Vin De Constance 2015 (6x50cl)

    Decanter (98)

    An historical wine, Vin de Constance has been re-established in the last few years as one of the world’s finest sweet wines. Dried Muscat grapes are aged for three years before bottling, in French and Hungarian casks with a touch of acacia wood. Citrus, orange zest, rosewater and spice notes leap out of the glass. The palate has a laser-like focus with massive sweetness perfectly balanced by acidity and a mineral finish. As impressive as Château d’Yquem (and considerably better value).
    1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

    Coastal Region 6x50cl 1 98 (DC) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £322.72
    Klein Constantia Vin De Constance 2016 (6x50cl)
    Inc. VAT: £334.72
    2016

    Klein Constantia Vin De Constance 2016 (6x50cl)

    Tim Atkin MW (98)

    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.
    1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

    Coastal Region 6x50cl 1 98 (TA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £334.72
    Klein Constantia Vin De Constance 2017 (6x50cl)
    Inc. VAT: £363.52
    2017

    Klein Constantia Vin De Constance 2017 (6x50cl)

    Tim Atkin MW (98)

    "Lighter and lighter" is the motto at Klein Constantia these days, according to Matt Day. The latest, world-class release of Vin de Constance certainly doesn’t lack sweetness at 165 grams or even concentration, but it has a freshness that's reminiscent of Vouvray or Barsac. Subtly wooded in 50% new barrels, it unfurls layers of citrus, toast and tarte tatin, with a drizzle of honey and vivid acidity and palate length. Bravo!
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Coastal Region 6x50cl 1 98 (TA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £363.52
    Klein Constantia Vin De Constance 2018 (6x50cl)
    Inc. VAT: £305.92
    2018

    Klein Constantia Vin De Constance 2018 (6x50cl)

    Matthew Jukes (19.5++)

    I am informed by the top man at Klein Constantia that the price will be the same as last year’s superb 2017 and all of the likely candidates in the UK are likely to hold stock. It will require a little effort on Google and you will see that a large number of wine merchants will list 2018 Vin de Constance and while the prices swing around like no other wine I know, at £60 or so, for a half litre, it certainly makes sense to me and when you consider the sheer quality of this vintage, it is a bargain for this celestial experience. Stock is likely to arrive in September 2021, but do feel free to register your interest with your preferred wine merchant now. 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.
    Estimated Arrival to France:
    4-5 months

    Coastal Region 6x50cl 2 19.5++ (MJ) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £305.92
    Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
    Klein Constantia Vin De Constance 2007 (6x50cl)
    Inc. VAT: £476.40
    2007

    Klein Constantia Vin De Constance 2007 (6x50cl)

    Wine Advocate (97)

    Although I have tasted the 2007 Vin de Constance on several occasions, this was the first time professionally. It has an explosive bouquet that sprints out of the blocks with a more effervescent, vivacious personality than the 2008. Citrus lemon, Seville orange marmalade, touches of mandarin and a dash of spice all vie for attention. The aromatics are more Sauternes-like than the 2008. The palate is very well-balanced with a viscous opening, a keen thread of acidity and a bewitching sense of poise and focus. This is probably the finest Vin de Constance to date as it fans out marvellously on the multi-layered finish. This is a startling, world-class wine that gives Yquem a run for its money.
    As per photos ,2070235 Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    3-4 weeks

    Coastal Region 6x50cl 1 97 (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £476.40
    Klein Constantia Vin De Constance 2008 (6x50cl)
    In Bond: £400.00
    2008

    Klein Constantia Vin De Constance 2008 (6x50cl)

    Wine Advocate (95)

    The 2008 Vin de Constance is the latest release from the estate. “We were happy with the 2008,” Matthew told me. “But it was tough to follow-up a great vintage. It spent a slightly shorter time in barrel and has 160g/L residual sugar with a pH of 3.6. It had the lowest volatile acidity in a Vin de Constance in a long time. To me the 2008 is more toward the older style of Vin de Constance.” It already offers a very complex bouquet with fresh pineapple, quince, Japanese yuzu, just a hint of grass clippings and then later mille fieulle. It is obviously tightly wound at the moment, but extremely well focused. The palate is medium-bodied with a fine viscous entry that immediately comes across as very elegant and refined. It feel smooth and pure – gentle in the mouth, caressing the senses with its quince and marmalade tinged finish with a suggestions of shaved ginger on the aftertaste. Returning after 40 minutes, the finish has mellowed and attained a beguiling effervescent quality, almost like an unctuous Lucozade! Wonderful.
    2 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

    Coastal Region 6x50cl 2 95 (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £400.00
    Klein Constantia Vin De Constance 2014 (6x50cl)
    In Bond: £344.00
    2014

    Klein Constantia Vin De Constance 2014 (6x50cl)

    Tim Atkin (96)

    South Africa's Sweet Wine of the Year 2017.
    2 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

    Coastal Region 6x50cl 2 96 (TA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £344.00
    Klein Constantia Vin De Constance 2015 (6x50cl)
    In Bond: £260.00
    2015

    Klein Constantia Vin De Constance 2015 (6x50cl)

    Decanter (98)

    An historical wine, Vin de Constance has been re-established in the last few years as one of the world’s finest sweet wines. Dried Muscat grapes are aged for three years before bottling, in French and Hungarian casks with a touch of acacia wood. Citrus, orange zest, rosewater and spice notes leap out of the glass. The palate has a laser-like focus with massive sweetness perfectly balanced by acidity and a mineral finish. As impressive as Château d’Yquem (and considerably better value).
    1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

    Coastal Region 6x50cl 1 98 (DC) Read Review/Description In Bond: £260.00
    Klein Constantia Vin De Constance 2016 (6x50cl)
    In Bond: £270.00
    2016

    Klein Constantia Vin De Constance 2016 (6x50cl)

    Tim Atkin MW (98)

    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.
    1 In Stock - Immediate Delivery

    Coastal Region 6x50cl 1 98 (TA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £270.00
    Klein Constantia Vin De Constance 2017 (6x50cl)
    In Bond: £294.00
    2017

    Klein Constantia Vin De Constance 2017 (6x50cl)

    Tim Atkin MW (98)

    "Lighter and lighter" is the motto at Klein Constantia these days, according to Matt Day. The latest, world-class release of Vin de Constance certainly doesn’t lack sweetness at 165 grams or even concentration, but it has a freshness that's reminiscent of Vouvray or Barsac. Subtly wooded in 50% new barrels, it unfurls layers of citrus, toast and tarte tatin, with a drizzle of honey and vivid acidity and palate length. Bravo!
    Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
    5-7 weeks

    Coastal Region 6x50cl 1 98 (TA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £294.00
    Klein Constantia Vin De Constance 2018 (6x50cl)
    In Bond: £246.00
    2018

    Klein Constantia Vin De Constance 2018 (6x50cl)

    Matthew Jukes (19.5++)

    I am informed by the top man at Klein Constantia that the price will be the same as last year’s superb 2017 and all of the likely candidates in the UK are likely to hold stock. It will require a little effort on Google and you will see that a large number of wine merchants will list 2018 Vin de Constance and while the prices swing around like no other wine I know, at £60 or so, for a half litre, it certainly makes sense to me and when you consider the sheer quality of this vintage, it is a bargain for this celestial experience. Stock is likely to arrive in September 2021, but do feel free to register your interest with your preferred wine merchant now. 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.
    Estimated Arrival to France:
    4-5 months

    Coastal Region 6x50cl 2 19.5++ (MJ) Read Review/Description In Bond: £246.00

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