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First SA wine to make Wine Spectator’s Top 10

Posted on 12 Nov 2015

Vin de Constance, the first South African wine ever to make Wine Spectator’s Top 10:

History has been made with the release of Wine Spectator’s Top 100 list for 2015 as Klein Constantia’s Vin de Constance 2009 is the first South African wine ever to secure a coveted position on this esteemed list.

Since 1988, Wine Spectator annually releases its distinguished Top 100 list of the most exciting wines reviewed throughout the year by their editors. The 2015 list is comprised of a diverse group, ranging from upcoming labels and regions to estates that are exploring new avenues. These wines generated what they call the ‘X factor’. In addition to this, preference was given to wines that displayed outstanding quality and value. More than 5,700 wines that rated outstanding (90 points or higher on Wine Spectator’s 100 point scale) were reviewed to compile their Top 100 list for 2015.

“For its combination of history and improving quality, we’re hoping to set the bar for an emerging wine country – it’s a worthy member of our Top 10. The Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 2009 is Wine Spectator’s number 10 wine for 2015.” – James Molesworth, Senior Editor Wine Spectator.

“What an amazing achievement not only for Klein Constantia, but also for South Africa. We are so proud to be the first South African wine in the Top 10. The entire team has been working relentlessly the past few years to bring this mythical wine and Estate back to where it belongs.” – Klein Constantia’s MD Hans Astrom.

Golden orange in colour, with delicate aromas of nougat and honeycomb. The palate has a fresh acidity with rich flavours of Seville marmalade and dried apricots enveloping the mouth. Richly aromatic that tapers into an elegant and endless finish. Aged for 4 years in a combination of 500l French and Hungarian oak barrels, the 2009 also received the Regional Trophy and Gold at Decanter World Wine Awards in London.

For more information view the Wine Spectator review here: http://2015.top100.winespectator.com/wine/10-klein-constantia/

Wine Spectator profiled Klein Constantia and the developments going on at the Estate in 2013, which is now online to read here: http://2015.top100.winespectator.com/article/klein-constantia-wakes-up/

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