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  • Klein Constantia; Vin de Constance; 2005 - 2006; 2 (1 x 2); 500ml

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ZAR 7 000 - 12 000
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2005 - 2006 Vin de Constance
2 (1 x 2) 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!


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Critics Ratings

‘Burnt caramel, marmalade, oranges, knife-edge acidity, lots of sticky sugar on the finish – but not at all cloying, Great length, complex, generous and broad.’ – Richard Hemming MW, Jancis Robinson.com, 17.5/20 (Sep 2010)

‘A lovely dessert wine, perhaps the pinnacle in South Africa. Concentrated and quite intense with full-bodied flavors of orange rind, clementine and dried apricot fruit spiced with notes of crushed yellow florals, roasted nut skin, toasted egg bread and pure honeycomb. Balanced acidity prevents the mouth from being too thick or viscous, while the endless finish carries decadent notes of candied ginger.’ - Lauren Buzzeo, Wine Enthusiast, 94/100 (Nov 2011)

‘Pure orange peel, tangerine, persimmon and clementine flavors are laced with hints of green tea, candied lime peel and honeysuckle. Rich, but racy and mouthwatering. The gorgeous amber color and a caressing mouthfeel just add to the pleasure. Lovely precision. Should age nicely. Drink now through 2023.’ - James Molesworth, Wine Spectator, 94/100 (Jul 2010)

‘Iconic dessert from unbotrytised muscat de F. No 03; 04 charming peach & spicy-nutty cream. Less intense than some yrs, but still luscious & dense. 130 g/l RS, 14.2% alc in full, rich finish. 05 sleeker; gleaming acidity in different, finer balance (160 g/l RS; 12.2% alc). Lovely floral depth, precise long-lingering finish. These reward 5-10+ yrs in cellar with more complexity. ± 3 yrs in combo steel, oak.’ - Platter's SA Wine Guide 2009, 4.5*

‘Muscat de Frontignan. Intense orange and reduced apricot coulis. Caramelised, rich, sweet and generous. Fresh, just. Caramelised aftertaste.’ - Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, 17/20 (Oct 2012)

‘This is gorgeous from the start, proffering sweet but precise tangerine, nectarine and clementine fruit flavors laced with date, orange blossom and green tea notes. Long and pure through the finish, with a lingering echo of bitter orange. The track record for this wine keeps getting better. Drink now through 2020.’ - James Molesworth, Wine Spectator, 95/100 (Feb 2012)

‘Confident, pure, iconic dessert from unbotrytised muscat de F - preview 06 billows the variety. Lighter (13.5% alc) than pvs but more sugar (180g/l), excellent freshness. Creamy, lime, melon melange. Wants few yrs for full complexity. Complex vinification: tank-ferm/2 yrs, then 2 yrs 500L oak.’ - Platter's SA Wine Guide 2010, 4.5*

‘Butterscotch, honeyed almonds and candied ginger-orange peel lead the way on the nose of this late harvest Muscat. Rich, overripe mango and honeydew add levity to the palate, lifting the heady spice and viscous, syrupy flavors. The long finish carries a tinge of pithiness, adding some tongue-smacking texture to the close. Has aging potential, though it's certainly also enjoyable now.’ - Lauren Buzzeo, Wine Enthusiast, 93/100 (Nov 2011)

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