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Bright golden in colour, the nose is filled with tropical aromas of dried pineapple, mango and with raisined, caramelised notes. The palate has a fresh acid entry which develops richness and envelopes the mouth in a fusion of tropical flavours tapering to a lingering, delicate finish.

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£129.95

    TypeDessert
    Vintage2004
    When to Drink2030
    ProducerKlein Constantia
    RegionConstantia lies in Cape Town
    GrapesMuscat de Frontignan
    PairingApéritif
    ABV14.2%
    Volume50cl

    Kings vied for possession of this wine; Louis Philippe sent emissaries from France to fetch it; Napoleon drank it on the island of St Helena to find solace in his lonely exile; Frederick the Great and Bismarck ordered it; and the English Prime Minister – who had sampled it with much delight at Downing Street – made sure that regular consignments from the Cape were delivered to Buckingham Palace for the King.

    VIN DE CONSTANCE 2004

    After harvesting selected shrivelled grapes, the berries are left to macerate on their skins for several days in order to soften, thus facilitating the recovery of their golden juice with pressing. The nectar thus obtained is fermented in a combination of stainless steel tanks and wooden 500L barrels. The total maturation time in the cellar before bottling the 2004 Vin de Constance was just under 4 years.

    MATURATION

    The combination of high residual sugar and alcohol levels has a well known preservative effect on bottled wine. Provided the cellaring conditions are ideal (12ºC and 75-85% humidity) this wine is capable of ageing for at least 20 years from the date of bottling, and in many cases somewhat longer than that.

    WINE DETAILS

    Vintage: 2004

    Alcohol: 14.2 % vol

    Residual Sugar: 130 g/l

    pH: 3.51

    Total Acid: 8.7 g/l

    Composition: 100% Muscat de Frontignan

    HONOURS

    Wine Spectator March 2009 – 94 Points

    Wine & Spirits Feb 2009 – 93 Points

    Jancis Robinson – 16.5/20

    Santam Classic Wine Trophy for Best Sweet Wine – March 2009

    Stephen Tanzer (March / April 2009) – 92 points.

    IWSC 2008 – Silver

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Klein Constantia Vin de Constance (2004) 500ml 1 available

Klein Constantia Vin de Constance (2004) 500ml 1 available

Bright golden in colour, the nose is filled with tropical aromas of dried pineapple, mango and with raisined, caramelised notes. The palate has a fresh acid entry which develops richness and envelopes the mouth in a fusion of tropical flavours tapering to a lingering, delicate finish.

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