Colour: Deep garnet hue Nose: Intense and generous with notes...
Colour: Intense garnet red. Nose: Very floral (violet),...
Full lively taste. Black fruit. Blackberries. Concentrated with...
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.
|When to Drink||2030|
|Region||Constantia lies in Cape Town|
|Grapes||Muscat de Frontignan|
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.
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.
Alcohol: 14.2 % vol
Residual Sugar: 130 g/l
Total Acid: 8.7 g/l
Composition: 100% Muscat de Frontignan
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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