Peter Veldsman & Dirkie Christowitz Private Collection
Live Virtual Auction, 15 May 2022
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About this Item
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!
Iconic dessert wine from unbotrytised Muscat de Frontignan, No 2003; '04 charming peach and spicy-nutty cream. Less intense than some years, but still luscious and dense. 130 g/l RS, 14.2% alc in full, rich finish.' - Platter's SA Wine Guide 2009, 4.5*
'Lime and lemon cordial; floral, golden syrup. Acidity is bright and refreshing, and cuts the viscosity with razor-sharp precision. Treacle and caramelised fruits on the palate. There is a metallic tingle on the finish. Good, but not as finely balanced as other vintages by comparison.' - Richard Hemming MW, JancisRobinson.com, 16.5/20 (Feb 2009)