Klein Constania

Vin de Constance 2001

Vin de Constance 2001

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.

Vin de Constance 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 are hand harvested and after crushing and destemming are left on their skins for several days to macerate. This process aids in the eventual pressing of the grapes as they yield their juice much easier when the skins are soft and slightly broken down. Fermentation in stainless steel tanks is followed by a lengthy cellar maturation process that can take up to four years and involves at least two years barrel maturation.

Tasting Notes

Appearance of burnished copper. The nose is a heady mix of floral Muscat and fresh citric notes with signs of honeyed maturation. The palate is well balanced with wonderful flavours of dried mangos, dried apricots and honey, with a long fresh finish.


Drink now or cellar long-term. The wine is bottled in asymmetrical 500 ml bottles, which are a reproduction of the hand-blown originals.

Wine Details

Vintage: 2001

Alcohol: 14.8 % vol

Residual Sugar: 135 g/l

pH: 3.66

Total Acid: 8.8 g/l

Composition: 100% Muscat de Frontignan


Wine Spectator:
Sweet and rich, but also superracy, with fresh-cut tangerine, orange and nectarine flavors, backed by bright acidity and a long, lingering finish of spice, orange zest and heather honey. Hard to resist now, but should age wonderfully. Muscat de Frontignan. Drink now through 2017.

Score: 92. — James Molesworth, October 15, 2007
Wine Enthusiast: Beloved by everyone from Dickens to Napolean, this exquisite dessert wine, which was produced in the 18th and 19th centuries in Constantia and is now being revived at Klein Constantia, is a wonderful treat. It’s made from ripe Muscat de Frontignan, a naturally sweet grape with charm and complexity. Layers of honey, orange and spice coat the tongue in a sumptuous wave, but the wine still has a delicate quality that begs for another glass. Pair it with rich dishes like foie gras or crème brûlée and you’ll see why Jane Austen lauded it in Sense & Sensibility as the sure-fire cure for a broken heart.

Score: 91. — Susan Kostrzewa, July 01, 2007.

Top Natural Dessert wine in SA Terrior 2007