Klein Constania

Vin de Constance 2016

Vin de Constance 2016

The 2016 vintage was earlier than anticipated due to El Niño causing a warm and dry weather build up to harvest, resulting in faster ripening fruit. Still it yielded berries with concentrated flavours and well balanced acidity. Fortunately, in the Constantia Valley we receive enough rainfall, even during the driest of seasons and are safeguarded with sufficient moisture in the soils, unlike some warmer regions in the country. We are also protected from the extreme heat spikes by our proximity to the ocean, experiencing predominantly cool night time temperatures allowing for the perfect and slow raisining conditions for the development of ripeness while retaining a good natural acidity.

Now with a completely renovated cellar, we have made use of dedicated tanks intended for perfect maceration and fermentation of the Vin de Constance. Each batch we harvest – from the riper berries with good acidity to the raisins for sugar concentration – forms a unique component and as such is kept separate and treated differently until the final blending process which can take up to 6 months. Maturation was an average of 3 years, with 50% in 500L barrels and 50% in brand new French Oak Foudres.

Tasting Notes

Deeply complex and robust, the nose is layered with Seville orange marmalade, honeysuckle and ginger. Unctuously full bodied with intense flavours ranging from dried mango to fresh vanilla and lively citrus zest. These allow for the perfect balance on the palate, showing restrained concentration with a pithy astringency and a mouth-watering finish.

Barrel Aging

The wine was aged in a combination of 50 % new French oak, Hungarian oak and French Acacia. It was left for a period of 3 years in barrel on the gross lees before racking out and blending. It spent a further 6 months in tank before bottling.

Wine Details

Vintage: 2016

Alcohol: 14.00% vol

Residual Sugar: 164.8g/l

pH: 3.7

Total Acid: 6.5g/l

Composition: 100% Muscat de Frontignan

Tasting room and The Bistro Announcement

In light of the Coronavirus pandemic, as a precautionary measure, from the 17th of March we will be CLOSING our tasting room and The Bistro at Klein Constantia until further notice.

The health and safety of both our staff and customers is a priority and closing the doors outweighs the consequence of staying open. For any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact us on info@kleinconstantia.com.

We thank you for your continued support and will let you know when we open our doors for tastings, tours and lunches at the Bistro. Until then, keep well and stay safe.