2011 Klein Constantia Vin de Constance, Constantia

2011 Klein Constantia Vin de Constance, Constantia

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2011 Klein Constantia Vin de Constance, Constantia

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The 2011 Vin de Constance continues a run of fine vintages for this celebrated wine. Marmalade, orange blossom, quince and honeycomb on the nose, with delightful spicy orange scented fruit on the palate, with some notes of mango, ginger and honey discreetly in the background. The key to the wine is the balancing acidity, which keeps the sweetness in check perfectly with a lingering finish. Delicious now, give this a couple of years in the cellar to blossom. Drink 2016 to 2025.
Fergus Stewart, Private Account Manager

Klein Constantia’s Vin de Constance is perhaps the best New World sweet wine money can buy. The 2011 is the latest in a line of excellent vintages and there is an air of confidence in the unhurried laid back nature of the wine on show here. Deep amber in appearance, there are subtle nuances of soft orchard fruits drifting upwards from the glass with a hint of an orangey citrus tang. It doesn’t impress with power but lulls you into submission with its broad, mouth coating feel, impressions of brandy snaps, citrus and cream and that tang that is hinted at on the nose. This is a graceful wine that whilst delicious and alluring now, will no doubt reveal further nuances with a few years age.
Peter Newton, Private Account Manager

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Wine Advocate93/100
The 2011 Vin de Constance Natural Sweet Wine spent 36 months in 60% new French and Hungarian oak. It delivers 152 grams per liter residual sugar with a pH of 3.6. Here it is very perfumed with a dried honey, lanolin, marmalade and melted wax-scented bouquet that is nicely defined. The palate is viscous on the entry with fine acidity, quite sensual in the mouth with orange zest and marmalade notes, almost Barsac-like towards the finish that lingers long in the mouth. Gorgeous (as per usual).
Neal Martin - 30/11/2015 Read more
Stephen Tanzer93/100
Muscat de Frontignan; aged for 3-1/2 years in 50% new 500-liter barrels; 152 g/l r.s. with 7.2 g/l acidity): Deep gold. Pungent piney botrytis suggestions to the slightly medicinal aromas of orange marmalade, dried apricot and spearmint. Very sweet but not especially glyceral, conveying a captivating savoury quality to the flavors of orange liqueur, mint and spices. Almost bitter-edged at this early stage. Most impressive today on the very long, tannic, honeyed finish.
93/100 Stephen Tanzer – Vinousmedia.com Read more

About this WINE

Klein Constantia

Klein Constantia

Dating back to 1685 and described as one of the world’s most beautiful wine estates, Klein Constantia is set amidst ancient trees on the upper foothills of the Constantiaberg, with views across False Bay. The perfect location for cool climate wines, Klein Constantia produces some of South Africa’s top wines, including one of the world’s best natural sweet wines, Vin de Constance.

Prized by leaders and aristocracy throughout 18th Century Europe, Constantia’s Vin de Constance soon became part of the literature of the 19th century. In Edwin Drood, Charles Dickens tells of “…the support embodied in a glass of Constantia and a home-made biscuit”, while Jane Austen recommends that her forsaken heroine try a little Constantia for “…its healing powers on a disappointed heart”.

Following devastation in the vineyards, caused by Phylloxera at the end of the 19th Century, the wine was revived by Klein Constantia in 1986, reaffirming this unique natural sweet wine’s place in history. Since being re-introduced, Vin de Constance has consistently appeared in lists of the world’s top wines. The 2007 vintage was awarded 97 points by Neal Martin of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, making it the best rated South African sweet wine in history.

Today, Klein Constantia continues to make wines that reflect the cool Constantia climate, as well as their historic tradition under the watchful eye of talentented winemaker Matthew Day. 

Matthew grew up in Johannesburg, but a keen interest in winemaking saw him relocate to the Cape to pursue an education in this field. After graduating from Stellenbosch University with a Bachelor of Science (Agriculture) in Viticulture and Oenology, Matt worked at various local and international estates gaining vital experience.

From a harvest at Meerlust and Chateau Belefont Belcier in St Emilion, to assisting in the cellar at Elderton Estate in the Barossa Valley, and working as a winemaking intern at St Emilion’s Chateux Trianon and Dancing Hares Estate in the Napa Valley, Matt was more than prepared to take on the role of Assistant Winemaker at Klein Constantia in 2008 under Adam Mason’s guidance. He became head winemaker at Klein Constantia in 2010 and quickly saw his 2007 Vin de Constance blend receive 97 points from Neal Martin of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.

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The historically important if tiny wine district of Constantia lies in Cape Town’s southern wards, and on the most southerly point of Africa, the Cape of Good Hope.

Constantia is most famous for its ancient dessert wine Vin de Constance (made from Muscat de Frontignan)  as produced by Klein Constantia estate.

The cooling, south-easterly sea breezes make Constantia a natural site for Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon as well as Muscat.

The district is home to a mere 8 wine estates, including Klein Constantia, Groot Constantia, Buitervenwachting, Constantia Uitsig, Eagles' Nest, Steenberg, Constantia Glen

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Muscat refers to a family of grapes of which there are around 200 different branches. Muscat Blancs à Petits Grains is the most noble of the variety and makes the best and most distinctive wines. It is the only wine grape that produces wines that actually taste of grapes, and can produce a range of wines from pale, bone dry whites, through to golden yellow, rich, sweet wines.

In Alsace, two types of Muscat are grown - Muscat Blancs à Petits Grains and Muscat Ottonel. They are usually blended to produce wines that tend to be light and dry with a fruity, musky character and an intensely aromatic bouquet. Intensely sweet late harvest wines are also produced.

Muscat de Beaumes de Venise is one of the best Vin Doux Naturels in France. This is produced by adding grape spirit to the partly fermented must - the best producers, such as Domaine de Durban, produce deliciously sweet wines with rich grapey aromas balanced by fruity acidity.

In Australia Muscat à Petit Grains is used to produce the fortified Liqueur Muscats of Victoria (esp. Rutherglen). These are extraordinary wines - dark and treacly with a sensational perfume of orange, raisins and honey.

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