- Klein Constantia
- Muscat de Frontignan
- 2013 - 2030
- Case size
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Goedhuis, November 2014
Bright shining amber in colour, this is strikingly aromatic so typical of the Muscat de Frontignan, with lovely aromas of quince and Seville oranges. These nuances flow through into the palate, with a subtle tropical touch of freshly opened lychees. A wine balancing delicacy with a refined intensity. Supporting the excellent sweetness is a lovely touch of freshness of acidity providing for a crisp mouth cleansing finish. A very fine Vin de Constance.
Neal Martin, November 2014,
It has an intense marmalade, dried apricot, beeswax and honeycomb scents, your quintessential Vin de Constance nose, and it seems to muster more vigor with aeration. The palate is well-balanced with a spicy tincture on the entry, slightly oxidative, with nutty notes infusing the thickly layered honeyed fruit with touches of papaya and mango toward the finish with touches of rosewater and gripe water (a children's medicine for anyone without the privilege) on the aftertaste. Another superb Vin de Constance from Matthew Day.
Matthew Jukes, November 2014,
Back to the 2009 vintage - the element I was alluding to earlier is an otherworldly backbone of amaro-style bitterness which completely blew me away. I am a vinous masochist and so I would love to see more and more of this thrilling element in VdC, in due course, because I adore the strictness which it brings to the mind-boggling orange brûlée fruit. The 2009 is wondrously corseted and this makes for compelling tasting.
Vin de Constance is one of the world's greatest secret vinous treasures. For many years, it hadbeen sought after by kings, was the drink of preference for Napoleon (and was his last drink before he died on St. Helena), recommended by Jane Austen ‘to mend a broken heart' and was more in demandthan Yquem, Tokaji and Madeira. Yet phylloxera, the wine world's ‘black plague', came in the late19th century and struck down its prized vineyards like it did across the most exclusive addresses in Europe. Despite its long existence (since 1685), unlike Europe, its vineyards were not replanted until the 1980s. Several decades ago, new owners revived the original viticultural areas by planting only the best Muscat de Frontignan grapes (aka Muscat à Petits Grains, the original variety) to began remaking this unusual and inspirational wine. Their efforts have been a hands down success.
A small region just to the south of Cape Town, this region is home to the famous luscious dessert wines made from Muscat de Frontignan, the most famous of which is Vin de Constance from Klein Constantia. The cooling influence of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans meeting at the Cape moderate temperatures, preserving freshness of fruit throughout ripening.