2020 Klein Constantia, Vin de Constance, Constantia, South Africa

2020 Klein Constantia, Vin de Constance, Constantia, South Africa

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2020 Klein Constantia, Vin de Constance, Constantia, South Africa

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Description

Now this is a tasting I never miss! It was a joy to have Matt Day with us in London this year to introduce the 2020 Vin de Constance and his wonderful array of single vineyard Sauvignon Blanc (if you haven’t tried these yet, you really should).

The 2020 has all the hallmarks of a truly great ‘VdC’. It’s full of concentrated fruit but maintains all the freshness and detail one has come to expect from Klein Contstantia’s unique recipe of coastal climate, altitude, long harvest, and lengthy ageing in both barrel and foudres. Yet many of those key elements have been in place for a long time.

2020, in particular, is really special because it was a beautifully balanced vintage which left a perfect ratio of sugar and acidity in the raisins – without a hint of botrytis. It’s also a great year because Matt and the team really are at the top of their game. After all, this is a wine of blending and, no question in my mind, this is one of Matt’s best.

Edward Richardson, Private Client Manager, Berry Bros. & Rudd (August 2023)

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Critics reviews

Jane Anson95/100

Rich rose gold in colour, just so much interest and depth on the aromatics. I always look forward to tasting this wine, and it never seems to disappoint. Dried apricot, caramel, patisserie, peach pit, sage, cardamon, sweet fleshy nectarine.

This was a balanced vintage that was warm but not with the drought conditions of 2019, but it has plenty of sun-sweetened character, with lime zest twisting through the raising the tension and energy.

Tasted twice. Matthew Day winemaker.

Jane Anson, Inside Bordeaux, JaneAnson.com (August 2023)

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Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW96/100

The 2020 Vin De Constance is 100% Muscat de Frontignan. Fragrant notes of rose oil, allspice, candied ginger, and sultanas jump from the glass, with touches of pear tart and aniseed. The palate is 

fantastically pure and sweet, with a racy line to balance and an epically long, perfumed finish.

Drink to 2033

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Independent (August 2023)

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James Suckling96/100

Bright medium-gold hue with a focused and intense nose layered with honeysuckle, apricot, citrus, honey and marmalade. A hint of mineral, too. Really pure and tangy with a luscious palate balanced by intense citrusy flavors and natural acidity that is beautifully chiselled to the palate. Long and effortless. Consistently great muscat here.

Drinkable now if you love the vibrancy of it, but one could keep this for a decade or two.

Zekun Shuai, Senior Editor, JamesSuckling.com (August 2023)

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About this WINE

Klein Constantia

Klein Constantia

Klein Constantia is a wine farm in Constantia, a ward in the suburbs of Cape Town, South Africa. It was once part of a larger estate called Constantia, which was founded in 1685. Following the death of founder Simon Van der Stel in 1712, that estate was sold at auction and divided into three distinct properties. Perhaps best known for the sweet wine Vin de Constance, Klein Constantia is among South Africa’s best-known producers.

The estate is owned by a number of businesspeople, including Zdeněk Bakala and Charles Harman, who acquired it in 2011. The following year, Klein Constantia merged with Stellenbosch’s Anwilka Estate. The latter’s Bordelais owners Hubert de Boüard (of Château Angélus) and Bruno Prats (formerly of Cos d’Estournel ) became shareholders as a result.

Head winemaker here is Matthew Day. The talented young South African worked internationally (in Bordeaux, Barossa Valley, and Napa Valley) before joining, initially as an assistant winemaker, in 2008. In addition to Vin de Constance, Matthew and his team craft a complete range that includes red, white, rosé, and even sparkling wines. He is particularly interested in Sauvignon Blanc, taking inspiration from some of the Loire Valley's top producers, including the late Didier Dagueneau. Vin de Constance is a naturally sweet wine from the Muscat de Frontignan grape.

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Constantia

Constantia

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

Muscat

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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