Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 2015
Legendary and iconic, Klein Constantia’s Vin de Constance is one of the greatest treasures of the wine world. With over 300 years of history in every bottle, this is a wine you’ll want to get your hands on. Easily considered the best sweet dessert wine of South Africa, this is the perfect mood-setter or gift for Christmas.
Vibrant and tantalizing from its golden hued, deep amber appearance to its lingering, zesty finish. A layered bouquet of citrus blossom, dried pineapple, honeycomb and stone fruit. Heady wood spice scents intermingle with citrus marmalade, ripe mango and pineapple flavours on the palate. Like honey ice cream on crème brûlée. The mouthfeel is rich and creamy with a refreshing acidity that closes on a seemingly endless finish.
The 2015 vintage is the first to be completed in Klein Constantia’s renovated cellar, with equipment dedicated for the making of Vin de Constance. Harvested throughout the season in batches – from the riper berries that have great acidity to the raisins for sugar concentration. Each batch is kept separate and treated differently. These batches make up the perfect ratio between sugar, alcohol and acidity that allows the wine to stop fermentation naturally and without intervention. Aged in a combination of 50 % new French oak, Hungarian oak and French Acacia for 3 years on the gross lees before racking out and blending. It spent a further 6 months in tank before bottling.
A little history
This iconic sweet wine has a famed legacy of seducing everyone from kings to poor writers with its golden nectar, bringing delight and pleasure the world over.
Thomas Jefferson and Queen Victoria were both known to savour this sweet amber nectar. In his unfinished novel The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Charles Dickens wrote of “the support embodied in a glass of Constantia and a home-made biscuit.” Meanwhile, Mrs Jennings in Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility recommends Constantia for “its healing powers on a disappointed heart.” The most famous fan of Constantia was Napoleon, who found solace in Vin de Constance during his lonely exile on the island of St Helena, where he had regular shipments sent to him.
The Constance craving ravaged the world until the end of the 19th century when the dreaded disease “Phylloxera” arrived at the Cape. However, this sweet nectar was immortalised in the poetry and prose of 19th century writers until it made it’s comeback in 1986.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
– 98 POINTS
Even better than the 2014 release – and that was a spectacular sweet wine – the 2015 Vin de Constance is one of the greatest ever vintages of this iconic sticky. More Barsac than Sauternes in terms of weight, it’s fresh and refined, a bit like the 2012, with citrus and orange zest balancing the 172 grams of sugar. The oak is perfectly judged, the length and freshness things of wonder. Drink 2019-2030.
– 96 POINTS
This is world class with lovely floral, spicy, marmalade, barley sugar, apricot and crème brûlée aromatics. The palate brings lively acidity and layers of delightful fruity flavours. Incredibly long.
– 93 POINTS