What I Drank Last Night
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Vin de Constance 2009

Marking time.

Vin de Constance, the sweet wine made from unbotrytised Muscat de Frontignan, is nothing if not idiosyncratic and the 2009 particularly so. The wine shows dried apricot, scrub and subtle but distinct oak-derived notes. There’s lots going on but it … [Read more...]

Constantia Nectar 2009

On song.

Constantia Nectar 2009 is a natural sweet wine from Muscat de Frontignan grown on the property Huis in Bos, Teddy Hall responsible for vinification. Only two vintages were ever produced – the 2009 and 2010 – grapes subsequently purchased by Klein … [Read more...]

Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 1991

23 years young.

Part of a wine legitimately taking on icon status is that it should impress most times it is drunk and the Vin de Constance 1991 from Klein Constantia didn’t disappoint yesterday. Deep brown in colour, it nevertheless had fantastic aromatics and … [Read more...]

Metis Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Pretty as a flower.

Metis Sauvignon Blanc 2013 (R170 a bottle) is a collaboration between Klein Constantia and Sancerre producer Pascal Jolivet. Featuring fruit from one of the highest vineyard blocks on the Constantia property, sulphur additions were kept to a minimum … [Read more...]

Klein Constantia Blanc de Blanc 1987

Ledge.

“How often do you get a chance to taste four decades of Sauvignon Blanc anywhere in the world?” was Klein Constantia MD Hans Astrom’s rhetorical question before a vertical tasting of 10 examples from the property starting with the Blanc de Blancs … [Read more...]

Klein Constantia Mme Marlbrook 2006

Looking young for its age.

I gather that the white blend that was Mme Malbrook from Klein Constantia is to be discontinued. A pity as a bottle of the 2006 drunk recently at Cape Town harbour restaurant Panama Jacks was compelling. The wine was always basically a Bordeaux … [Read more...]