2017 Klein Constantia Vin De Constance 500 ml

Year: 2017
Appellation: Constantia
Country: South Africa
Vinous Media: 95
James Suckling: 97
Dessert Wine
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$59.95
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"The 2017 Vin de Constance is lucid silvery-straw in hue. It is beautifully defined on the nose, featuring scents of dried honey, almond, praline and pressed yellow flowers, perhaps borrowing some of the airiness of the 2016 vintage. The palate is underpinned by a keen line of acidity that effortlessly counterbalances the richness of this 2017, making it one of the easiest sweet wines to drink in its youth. It conveys plenty of energy with a very persistent orange peel, quince and marmalade finish, then a spicy aftertaste. Sublime. Sample sent from Klein Constantia." (VM)

 

"This is really sensational as always with dried-apricot, dried-pineapple and honey character with salted nuts and hints of white syrup. It’s very sweet, yet energetic and intense. It goes on for so long. And then again. Yet, it remains balanced. A great sweet wine through and through. Drink or hold." (JS)

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.

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