Klein Constania

VINTAGES

Vin de Constance
 1999

Vin de Constance
 1999

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.

Grapes were left to raisin on the vines, and were hand-selected towards mid- March of this moderate 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, orange-gold in colour, with marked viscosity. Intense and complex nose of dried apricot and peaches. 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: 1999

Alcohol: 14.65 % vol

Residual Sugar: 186 g/l

pH: 3.69

Total Acid: 8.5 g/l

Composition: 100% Muscat de Frontignan

Honours

Wine Spectator 92 points
“Viscous but lively in texture, this has layers of orange peel, maple, crème brûlée, green tea and quince paste flavours that stay tightly knit through the lengthy finish. An excellent dessert wine that is quietly putting together an enviable track record. Muscat de Frontignan. Drink now through 2015. 1,500 cases made.”




The World of Fine Wine, Issue 3, 2004
“Gorgeous amber gold colour. Very pronounced nose of marmalade, honey and quince with a slightly spirity undertone. Extraordinarily unctuous and rich texture, like melted honey. Balanced and smooth, with very good length. An amazing wine. 17.5 points out of 20”




Steve Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, April 2005
“Medium gold. Aromas of orange liqueur, clove and honey, with a whiff of sultana raisin. Very sweet and very spicy, with vibrant acidity giving the wine shape and grip. Impressively long, brisk, palate-staining finish. Exhilarating sweet wine. 93/100”




Karen Hutchinson, USA
“The most amazing deep amber liquid filled with warm golden sun and the essence of grape perfection swirled and sloshed gently around my mouth; in, around and under my tongue. With utter abandon at a table of 10, I closed my eyes to the noise and chit chat and let this most incredible gift envelope me in it’s sweet, aromatic waters with it’s overtones of perfect love. I wondered at the rough hands, the dexterous hands, the technical hands, the picking hands, the sorting hands, the packing hands, the gentle hands, the vintners hands, ALL the hands that bred this most memorable happy liquid. It was paired softly, compatibly with a baked pear crisp with cream and decorated with one exquisite fragrant mint leaf.”




Classic Wine Trophy in 2004 at the Classic Wine Trophy Show.