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Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 2012

As is now well-documented, Klein Constantia changed ownership in 2011 and the 2012 vintage of the property’s renowned sweet wine Vin de Constance is the first made entirely under the new regime. Picking started in late January and finished in late April, some of the fermentation taking six months to finish, relates winemaker Matthew Day. […]

June 28, 2016
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Wine Spectator’s Top 100 of 2015 – three SA wines

Each year, Wine Spectator editors survey the wines reviewed over the previous 12 months and select their Top 100, based on quality, value, availability and excitement. This annual list honors successful wineries, regions and vintages around the world. SA took three places in 2014: 10. Vin de Constance 2009  – score: 95 63. Mulderbosch Block […]

November 17, 2015
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Vin de Constance 2011

With the 2009 vintage of Vin de Constance not entirely convincing (see here) and no 2010 released, a lot was riding on the 2011 (Wine Cellar price: R750 per 500ml bottle) and fans of this sweet wine from Klein Constantia will be glad to hear that everything is Jim-dandy again. The last vintage to be […]

October 19, 2015
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Wine Enthusiast’s The Enthusiast 100 of 2014 – Two SA wines

US magazine Wine Enthusiast recently released The Enthusiast 100, its top picks of the year. In determining the list, the numerical ratings but also drinkability, availability and quality-to-price of the more than 17 500 wines reviewed in the past 12 months ratios are taken into account. Two South African wines featured: 76. Mullineux Straw Wine […]

November 26, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Vin de Constance 2009

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 feels a bit over-engineered. We are of course watching a change of regime – the […]

August 20, 2014
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Constantia Nectar 2009

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 Constantia for Vin de Constance. The wine comes in individually kiln-fired ceramic bottles and […]

July 4, 2014
by Christian
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Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 1991

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 flavour – dried flowers, mint humbug, caramel, mushroom, a certain loaminess. Intricate and wonderfully […]

June 17, 2014
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Marie-Thérèse Chappaz Grain Noble Marsanne Blanche 2009

Towards the end of last year, Vin de Constance 2007 was rated 97 points by Neal Martin on, then the highest score ever awarded to a South African wine. Is it that good? Today a blind tasting hosted by Klein Constantia of local and international benchmark sweet wines and the Vin de Constance showed […]

January 16, 2013
by Christian
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