2015 Klein Constantia Vin De Constance 500 ml

Year: 2015
Appellation: Constantia
Country: South Africa
Wine Spectator: 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)

"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!