Along with its top scores and well-known history, Klein Constantia’s Vin de Constance is also the first South African wine to join the Bordeaux négociant system. This speaks to its status as one…

Along with its top scores and well-known history, Klein Constantia’s Vin de Constance is also the first South African wine to join the Bordeaux négociant system. This speaks to its status as one of the finest sweet wines in the world – elevating its nobility.

The recently released 2018 Vin de Constance has been met with high ratings and even greater praise. With all the class of the previous vintages, there’s a noticeable refinement and added nuance to the 2018 owing to Klein Constantia’s continuous drive for excellence. Incredibly elegant, it offers notes of citrus blossom and a floral hint of Acacia wood, leading to an impressively balanced and detailed palate. It is sure to last for decades to come.

A truly special wine, it makes the perfect gift, celebratory drink, anniversary keep-sake or birth year commemoration. This is one of the world’s greatest wines.

Vin de Constance is regularly tasted alongside and compared to Château d’Yquem and other great dessert wines. However, it’s fundamentally different in that it is produced from raisin-like Muscat de Frontignan grapes, ripened and concentrated on the vines, usually with no botrytis.

A wine of guaranteed longevity, it has graced that tables of kings and queens and been immortalised by the likes of Jane AustenCharles Dickens and Alexander Dumas. The oldest vintage that we’ve tasted was the 1875 (in 2017), proving just how long this wine can stand the test of time. It was incredible!

Tasting notes:

Klein Constantia, Vin de Constance 2018 (500ml)
‘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, 98/100

‘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, 97/100

‘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, Jancis Robinson, 18/20

 

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