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Klein Constantia Vin de Constance (2016) 500ml

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This has more delineation and precision on the nose compared to the previous vintage, offering acacia honey, quince, saffron and touches of elderflower in the background. The palate is very well balanced with fine precision, a killer line of acidity and disarming purity toward a finish that lingers in the mouth. Stunning.  Drink 2024 – 2060

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    TypeDessert
    Vintage2016
    When to Drink2024 to 2060
    ProducerKlein Constantia
    RegionConstantia lies in Cape Town’
    GrapesMuscat de Frontignan
    PairingApéritif, Dessert, Pate
    ABV14%
    Volume50cl

    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, the Constantia Valley receives enough rainfall, even during the driest of seasons and are safeguarded with sufficient moisture in the soils, unlike some warmer regions in the country. It is also protected from the extreme heat spikes by its 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 and the use of dedicated tanks intended for perfect maceration and fermentation of the Vin de Constance. Each batch harvested – 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

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    Klein Constantia Vin de Constance (2016) 500ml

    Klein Constantia Vin de Constance (2016) 500ml

    This has more delineation and precision on the nose compared to the previous vintage, offering acacia honey, quince, saffron and touches of elderflower in the background. The palate is very well balanced with fine precision, a killer line of acidity and disarming purity toward a finish that lingers in the mouth. Stunning.  Drink 2024 – 2060

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