2015 Klein Constantia Vin De Constance 500 ml

Year: 2015
Appellation: Constantia
Country: South Africa
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 94
Vinous Media: 93+
Decanter: 98
Dessert Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
Price :

100% Muscat de Frontignan


"This sweetie features a gorgeous bouquet of orange blossom and juniper flavors, while the mouth-filling palate carries dried mango and candied apricot notes, accented by hints of quince paste, honeysuckle and sweetened green tea. Rich and intense, with piercing acidity delivering balance. Long and complex." (WS)

"A pale gold color, the 2015 Vin de Constance Natural Sweet Wine has strong, precise aromas of golden raisins and orange marmalade. The palate shows great balance between sweetness, alcohol and acid and is sweet but not as overly sweet as many other sticky wines. Wow, this is delicate with generous floral tones and is really delicious. The grapes were harvested in different tries to select fresher berries earlier at the beginning of the harvest in order to maintain acidity levels in the wine, while other berries were harvested later in the season to increase sweetness. This wine captures the essence of Vin de Constance and was aged in a combination of 50% new French oak, Hungarian oak and French Acacia barrels.

On an overcast morning, Matthew Day, winemaker at Klein Constantia, drove me in an open-top Jeep to the highest point of the property for a view of the estate, pointing out select Sauvignon Blanc vineyards including the sacrificial vines over the property's fence for the wildlife to ravage, in an attempt to deter them from entering the vineyards. Already an accomplished winemaker, Day is in charge of one of South Africa's most recognizable estates with a keen focus on Sauvignon Blanc. He is one of South Africa's rising stars to keep an eye on." (WA)

"The 2015 Vin de Constance is limpid silver-gold in the glass. It has a bouquet of acacia honey, marmalade and pressed yellow flowers, plus a slight adhesive note in the background; I cannot recall a Vin de Constance with such intense aromatics. The palate is viscous on the entry, and a vital bead of acidity lends balance and freshness. This is an all-consuming, multidimensional wine with marmalade and dried quince notes mixed with Moroccan spices toward an unctuous finish that leaves your head spinning. Awesome - but it is not the most tensile Vin de Constance I have tasted." (VM)

"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." (#1 of The Most Exciting Wines of 2018) (DM)

Winery Notes:
Klein Constantia is custodian to South Africa’s most historic vineyards. Located in the Table Mountain Valley, the first vineyards of Constantia were planted in 1685 by the Governor of the Cape, Simon van der Stel, who recognized the uniqueness of location, climate and decomposed granite soils. Klein Constantia’s lusciously sweet wine, Vin de Constance, rose to prominence in the 1800s. It was savored by the likes of Napoleon Bonapart, Queen Victoria and Thomas Jefferson and found its way into the writing of many great 18th and 19th century authors. With the ocean just 10km away, the cool climate and near constant sea breeze create ideal growing conditions for Muscat de Frontignan which is able to fully ripen before raisining begins. The soils are well-draining, fertile decomposed granite with high clay content. They ensure good water retention which is important given the long dry summers of the Cape.

Tasting Notes:
Golden orange in color, with delicate aromas of nougat and honey comb. The palate has a fresh acidity with rich flavors of Seville marmalade and dried apricots enveloping the mouth. These fruity notes are married with sandal wood and all spice flavors. Richly aromatic that tapers into a elegant and endless finish.

Food Pairing:
This wine brings a spectacular finish to an exceptional meal. It can be paired with a cheese plate with a variety of soft and bleu cheeses and is equally well paired with berries and cookies.

One of the world’s wine treasures!