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Timed Online Auction, 28 May - 10 June 2024

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  • Klein Constantia; Vin de Constance; 1999; 3 (1 x 3); 500ml


Lot Estimate
ZAR 15 000 - 25 000
Location
Wine Storage
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1999 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!

Klein Constantia and the 1999 vintage have a history of awards, including; 92 points from Wine Spectator, featuring in the World of Fine Wine in 2004 and trophy at the Classic Wine Trophy Show in 2004.

Provenance

Private Client

Critics Ratings

Confirming anew the international status its ancestor enjoyed 2 centuries back, & fortunately soon in greater quantities as new plantings of Muscat de F come into production. Frequent (5*) over the yrs. 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. 14.5%; 183g/L sugar.’ – Platter’s SA Wine Guide 2005, 4.5*

'Viscous but lively in texture, this has layers of orange peel, maple, crème brûlée, green tea and quince paste flavors that stay tightly knit through the lengthy finish. An excellent dessert wine that is quietly putting together an enviable track record. Muscat de Frontignan. Drink now through 2015.' - James Molesworth, Wine Spectator, 92/100 (Nov 2004)

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