Klein Constantia

About Klein Constantia

Dating back to 1685, Klein Constantia is a profoundly special estate of breath-taking beauty. Arguably the single most beautiful winery in the world, in fact, it has been one of the mightiest names in South African wine for generations.

 

The crowning glory of the estate, which also crafts some impeccable dry wines, is without question the legendary Vin de Constance – preserve of Kings and artists from Napoléon Bonaparte to Charles Dickens and Jane Austen. Seared into the collective consciousness of wine lovers for hundreds of years, we came perilously close to losing this immense wine altogether due to the bane of almost every vineyard, Phylloxera.

 

Nestled amongst ancient trees on the foothills of the Constantiaberg, this imperious producer was not spared the onslaught of the root-devouring lice. With its stunning views of False Bay, the cooling sea breezes simply set an idyllic location for what would be so disastrous an infestation that the varietal from which Vin de Constance is made, Muscat, disappeared from their vineyards entirely.

 

Hope was kindled in 1982 when the Jooste family, current owners, planted the first Muscat vines on this site since their destruction. 1986 saw the first “new” vintage of South Africa’s greatest sweet wine, and the cuvée has reaffirmed itself as one of the greatest fine wines in the world over the past decades since its resurrection.

 

Collectors will be intimately familiar with both fortified sweet wines, and the great botrytis-laden wines of Sauternes and Tokaji. Vin de Constance is a late harvest wine. The grapes from which it is made are left on the vine for as long as possible to raisin and achieve very high levels of sugar on their own. A precarious balancing act is performed each and every vintage by the incredibly talented and diligent team at Klein Constantia, led by Matthew Day, to pick at just the right time.

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Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
Klein Constantia Vin De Constance 2007 (6x50cl)
HK$4,925.00
2007

Klein Constantia Vin De Constance 2007 (6x50cl)

Wine Advocate (97)

Although I have tasted the 2007 Vin de Constance on several occasions, this was the first time professionally. It has an explosive bouquet that sprints out of the blocks with a more effervescent, vivacious personality than the 2008. Citrus lemon, Seville orange marmalade, touches of mandarin and a dash of spice all vie for attention. The aromatics are more Sauternes-like than the 2008. The palate is very well-balanced with a viscous opening, a keen thread of acidity and a bewitching sense of poise and focus. This is probably the finest Vin de Constance to date as it fans out marvellously on the multi-layered finish. This is a startling, world-class wine that gives Yquem a run for its money.
In Stock in Singapore

Coastal Region 6x50cl 1 97 (WA) Read Review/Description HK$4,925.00
Klein Constantia Vin De Constance 2014 (6x50cl)
HK$3,610.00
2014

Klein Constantia Vin De Constance 2014 (6x50cl)

Tim Atkin (96)

South Africa's Sweet Wine of the Year 2017.
In Stock in United Kingdom

Coastal Region 6x50cl 2 96 (TA) Read Review/Description HK$3,610.00
Klein Constantia Vin De Constance 2015 (6x50cl)
HK$2,835.00
2015

Klein Constantia Vin De Constance 2015 (6x50cl)

Decanter (98)

An historical wine, Vin de Constance has been re-established in the last few years as one of the world’s finest sweet wines. Dried Muscat grapes are aged for three years before bottling, in French and Hungarian casks with a touch of acacia wood. Citrus, orange zest, rosewater and spice notes leap out of the glass. The palate has a laser-like focus with massive sweetness perfectly balanced by acidity and a mineral finish. As impressive as Château d’Yquem (and considerably better value).
In Stock in United Kingdom

Coastal Region 6x50cl 1 98 (DC) Read Review/Description HK$2,835.00
Klein Constantia Vin De Constance 2016 (6x50cl)
HK$2,780.00
2016

Klein Constantia Vin De Constance 2016 (6x50cl)

Tim Atkin MW (98)

Increasingly celebrated as one of the great sweet wines of the world, not just the Cape, Vin de Constance is a delight to taste and review. Slightly drier than the 205 release at 165 grams of sugar, it has more in common with the Loire or Tokaji than it does with Sauternes in terms of freshness and structure.
In Stock in United Kingdom

Coastal Region 6x50cl 1 98 (TA) Read Review/Description HK$2,780.00
Klein Constantia Vin De Constance 2017 (6x50cl)
HK$3,075.00
2017

Klein Constantia Vin De Constance 2017 (6x50cl)

Tim Atkin MW (98)

"Lighter and lighter" is the motto at Klein Constantia these days, according to Matt Day. The latest, world-class release of Vin de Constance certainly doesn’t lack sweetness at 165 grams or even concentration, but it has a freshness that's reminiscent of Vouvray or Barsac. Subtly wooded in 50% new barrels, it unfurls layers of citrus, toast and tarte tatin, with a drizzle of honey and vivid acidity and palate length. Bravo!
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
3-4 months

Coastal Region 6x50cl 1 98 (TA) Read Review/Description HK$3,075.00
Klein Constantia Vin De Constance 2018 (6x50cl)
HK$2,520.00
2018

Klein Constantia Vin De Constance 2018 (6x50cl)

Decanter (98)

A gorgeous wine, texturally brilliant with such intensity while not being overpowering or too much. The overall feeling is so satin-like, smooth and intense with layers of wild honey, orange blossom, caramel, pear, white peach and a delicate smokiness. The aromas alone are enough to get your excited about this wine. A density of sweetness settles at the back of the throat reminding you that this is a sweet wine as there’s so much freshness and life to it. Everything in balance and in its place. Exceptional. Drink now to enjoy the youth or wait for further evolution.
Estimated Arrival to France:
4-5 months

Coastal Region 6x50cl 6 98 (DC) Read Review/Description HK$2,520.00

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