Klein Constania

VINTAGES

Vin de Constance 1998

Vin de Constance 1998

These historic vineyards were first planted in the late 1600s as part of the original Constantia estate, whose legendary sweet wines were celebrated in literature by Jane Austen, Charles Dickens and Baudelaire. 

It was sought after by Napoleon, in his exile, and by the courts of Europe in the 18th and 19th century. Chosen for its soil of decomposed Table Mountain granite, and its cooling sea breezes from both the Atlantic and Indian oceans, these vineyards provide the perfect terroir for premium winegrowing. The wine is bottled in assymmetrical 500 ml bottles, which are a reproduction of the hand-blown originals. Each is presented in a black box, with a brochure on the history of the wine.

Grapes were left to dry on the vines and hand-selected towards the end of March of this cool vintage. Fermentation of the sweet, concentrated must took place in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks, followed by 18 months of maturation in French oak. The wine was released almost 5 years after harvest.

Tasting Notes

Deep, yellow-gold in colour, with marked viscosity. Intense and complex nose of dried apricot, tangerine and muscat. Luscious, concentrated, sweet fruit flavours on the palate are balanced by fine acidity, and followed by a very long, flavourful finish.

Maturation

Drink now or cellar long-term (15-20 years)

Wine Details

Vintage: 1998

Alcohol: 14.3 % vol

Residual Sugar: 160 g/l

pH: 3.55

Total Acid: 9.5 g/l

Composition: 100% Muscat de Frontignan

Honours

Jancis Robison 17.5 Drink 2009-18
Wine Spectator 93 point
Featured in the French coffee-table book 100 Legendary Wines and one of 44 labels in Les Plus Grand Crus du Monde.
Included among nine wines from the world’s “most mythical vineyards” in a French exhibition that opened in Bordeaux in 2000 before touring international centres.
Klein Constantia Estate designated one of 25 Great Vineyards of the world by the American Wine & Spirits Journal.