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Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 2015

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Gorgeous apricot, warmed peach, dried mango and maple notes lead the way in this unctuous dessert wine, with crystalized ginger, green tea and dried blood orange flavors filling in through the finish. Has enough well-embedded acidity to carry it all easily, finishing with impressive range and cut. Drink now through 2030.

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Snooth User: Dulles10
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4.00 5
Vintage: 1999 01/01/2013

Four glasses


Snooth User: Matt Spicer
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5.00 5
Vintage: 1998 08/23/2007

unbelievable wine, massive fruit, great acidity to keep it all spotless clean- but watch out for the killer hangover the next morning if you tackle a bottle by yourself...


Snooth User: Healy
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5.00 5
Vintage: 1993 02/28/2008

Perfect, sweet dessert wine. Light gold in color. Sweet apricot nose, smooth body. Great, forever finish, hints of oak aging. All around an amazing wine - it's great to have South African friends who collect (and share) wine!


External Reviews for Klein Constantia Vin de Constance

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Vintage: 2008 08/04/2014

Gorgeous apricot, warmed peach, dried mango and maple notes lead the way in this unctuous dessert wine, with crystalized ginger, green tea and dried blood orange flavors filling in through the finish. Has enough well-embedded acidity to carry it all easily, finishing with impressive range and cut. Drink now through 2030.


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Vintage: 2008 08/23/2015

Gorgeous apricot, warmed peach, dried mango and maple notes lead the way in this unctuous dessert wine, with crystalized ginger, green tea and dried blood orange flavors filling in through the finish. Has enough well-embedded acidity to carry it all easily, finishing with impressive range and cut. Drink now through 2030. 2,950 cases made.


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Vintage: 2008 08/09/2015

The 2008 Vin de Constance is the latest release from the estate. “We were happy with the 2008,” Matthew told me. “But it was tough to follow-up a great vintage. It spent a slightly shorter time in barrel and has 160g/L residual sugar with a pH of 3.6. It had the lowest volatile acidity in a Vin de Constance in a long time. To me the 2008 is more toward the older style of Vin de Constance.” It already offers a very complex bouquet with fresh pineapple, quince, Japanese yuzu, just a hint of grass clippings and then later mille fieulle. It is obviously tightly wound at the moment, but extremely well focused. The palate is medium-bodied with a fine viscous entry that immediately comes across as very elegant and refined. It feel smooth and pure — gentle in the mouth, caressing the senses with its quince and marmalade tinged finish with a suggestions of shaved ginger on the aftertaste. Returning after 40 minutes, the finish has mellowed and attained a beguiling effervescent quality, almost like an unctuous Lucozade! Wonderful.


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Vintage: 2007 04/10/2014

Napoleon Bonaparte purportedly guzzled 30 bottles of Vin de Constance a month. If those vintages were anything like this 2007, it's easy to see why. Made from muscat de Frontignan planted at the original 1650s site, the grapes left to raisin on the vine, this feels ethereal. It's impressively delicate for its succulent texture, maintaining focused freshness in spring-like floral notes, while coating the palate in warmer flavors of apricot, tamarind, candied orange and exotic spice. The finish is bright and seemingly everlasting, mirroring the golden tone that emanates from the glass.


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Vintage: 2007 04/10/2014

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.


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Vintage: 2007 04/10/2014

Gorgeous, featuring a core of creamed peach, persimmon, maple and nectarine notes inlaid with flashes of green tea, dried papaya and mango. Lush and refined, with accents of blood orange and mouthwatering spice echoing on the finish. Muscat de Frontignan. Drink now through 2020.


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Vintage: 2007 01/13/2015

A well-balanced, powerful dessert wine, this opens with an intense bouquet of fresh peach, orange blossom, jasmine, gardenia and honeysuckle. The mouthfilling, sweet palate is loaded with flavors of ripe stone fruit, mango, melon and orange marmelade, but is kept bright by refreshing acidity on the close. Secondary notes of ginger and white tea linger long on the evolving finish. A wine of class and strength, this is delicious now, but should also easily age through 2020.


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