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...]

Marie-Thérèse Chappaz Grain Noble Marsanne Blanche 2009

Some of the gear.

Towards the end of last year, Vin de Constance 2007 was rated 97 points by Neal Martin on eRobertParker.com., 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 … [Read more...]

Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 1988

The shizz.

Last night a meeting of our social tasting group, the theme of the evening sweet wines. We tasted blind and here’s how I scored the wines using the 20-point system. 1.= Cape Point Vineyards Semillon Noble Late Harvest 2000 18/20 1.= Klein … [Read more...]