Peter Veldsman & Dirkie Christowitz Private Collection

Live Virtual Auction, 15 May 2022

Session 1

Sold for

ZAR 11 139
Lot 80
  • Klein Constantia; Vin de Constance; 1999 - 2001; 3 (1 x 3); 500ml


Lot Estimate
ZAR 12 000 - 15 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 11 139

About this Item

1999 - 2001 Vin de Constance
3 (1 x 3) 500ml

Described as one of the world’s most beautiful vineyards, the 146 hectares of Klein Constantia originally formed part of "Constantia", a vast property established in 1685 by Simon van der Stel, the first governor of the Cape. This particular valley was chosen not only for its beauty, but also for the decomposed granite soils on its slopes, gently cooled by ocean breezes. The property behind the iconic Vin de Constance has pedigree and provenance that stretches widely beyond sweet wine.

The re-creation of the legendary Constantia wine made in the 18th and 19th centuries, sought after by Napoleon, the aristocracy of Europe, King George IV and King Louis Philippe and praised by Charles Dickens, Jane Austen and Baudelaire!

Critics Ratings

1999 - Confirming anew the international status its ancestor enjoyed 2 centuries back, and fortunately soon in greater quantities as new plantings of Muscat de Frontignan come into production. Frequent 5* over the years. Usually no botrytis, just healthy ripeness taken to a superb extreme, to give a silkily textured wine, with fine mineral acidity. Raisiny luxuriance of '99 also evokes dried apricot, marmalade, shot through with thrilling acid; fine lingering farewell.'- Platter's SA Wine Guide 2005, 4.5*

'Vanilla pod, mixed peel, spiced oranges, cloves, raisins, thick and gloopy but with a whistlingly fresh finish from the acidity that keeps magnificent balance. The orange character is really pure on the palate, like tangerine slices, tangy and freshly-peeled.' - Richard Hemming MW, JancisRobinson.com, 17.5/20 (2009)

2000 - 'Continually reclaiming the international renown its ancestor enjoyed 2 centuries back; from usually unbotrytised but superbly ripe Muscat de Frontignan giving a long-lived, silkily textured wine with fine mineral acidity. Riveting old-gold-coloured '00 somewhat drier (141g/L), full, gorgeously complex panoply of a aromas/flavours (from muscatty grape to citrus, dried peach to marmalade), refined silky richness, balanced acidity. There some 2 years in used 500L French oak barrels, after ferment/time in tank. In specially made 500ml hand-blown-style-bottles.'-  Platter's SA Wine Guide 2006, 5*

'Runny caramel on the nose, and a lovely amber hue in the glass. Roasted nuts, musk, very lengthy black-treacle finish and orange and quince fruit; the fruit is definitely past its first flush, though the wine is still very much alive.' - Richard Hemming MW, JancisRobinson.com, 17/20 (2009)

2001 - ‘Reaching (in patented 500ml old-style bottles) for the international renown its ancestor enjoyed two centuries back; from usually unbotrytised but ripe Muscat de Frontignan, generally giving a long-lived, silky wine with fine mineral acidity. ‘01 is more obviously Muscat, with floral/grapey/raisiny character; full-flavoured and sumptuous - gentler acid means effectively sweeter balance than many previous, involving 135g/l sugar, big 14.8% alcohol. Should acquire more complexity with time. These up to 4 years in used 500l French oak barrels.’- Platter’s SA Wine Guide 2007, 4.5*

'Sweet and rich, but also super racy, with fresh-cut tangerine, orange and nectarine flavors, backed by bright acidity and a long, lingering finish of spice, orange zest and heather honey. Hard to resist now, but should age wonderfully. Muscat de Frontignan.' - James Molesworth, Wine Spectator, 92/100 (2007)

Provenance

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