2019 Klein Constantia, Vin De Constance, 6x500ml

2019 Klein Constantia, Vin De Constance, 6x500ml

“As for the prices for Vin de Constance, well, if I happen to taste better value for money than recent vintages I will let you know - but don’t hang around waiting. I mean, under $50 for a meticulously crafted, profound, rare and utterly delicious world class wine? What are you waiting for?” Neal Martin

“Constantia was bought by European courts in the 18th and 19th Centuries in preference to Yquem, Tokay, Madeira…” Hugh Johnson

Availability: En Primeur

Case size: 6 / Bottle size: 500ml

Duty Status

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Critics Score: 97

Publication: Neal Martin, Vinous

Drinking Dates: 2027-2050

The 2019 Vin de Constance is matured for 18 months in 500-liter Hungarian and French oak barrels, 50% new, followed by another 18 months in oak foudres. The growing season saw more sunlight hours than previous vintages (2,998 compared to 2,588 in 2018 for example). It has an understated nose, almost Sauternes-like even if it does not contain an ounce of botrytis. Subtle nutty aromas percolate through the wild honey and quince scents, wax resin and lanolin. The palate is medium-bodied and very pure. Disarmingly fine acidity, it is slightly Germanic towards the finish. with a hint of lemongrass lingering on the aftertaste. This is a superb Vin de Constance under the tenure of Matt Day that is a step closer to what you might confusingly call a non-sweet dessert wine.
Spring was cold, wet and windier than usual which impacted flowering and resulted in small berries, which subsequently reduced our crop. Ripening was slower than normal and stretched the harvest period to much later in the season. There was a level of unpredictability due to the late harvest and autumn weather conditions. We had to be disciplined with our assessment of perfect ripeness to ensure we brought the grapes in at optimal times. The weather during the harvest period was warm and dry, disease pressure was low with a healthy crop. Despite the early challenges, the vines delivered plenty
of lovely fresh acidity, an aspect which we look for. The 2019 Muscat de Frontignan harvest was very short, taking place from late February until late March. In this time we were able to make 26 different passes ranging from high acidity to the later portion of very ripe raisins, each being vinified
separately. After hand sorting, the grapes underwent cold maceration, which can take up to two weeks. Prior to alcoholic fermentation, the batches were inoculated with a ‘non-saccharomyces’ yeast strain to stimulate microbial fermentation. This inhibits the development of any unwanted micro-organisms in the wine, protecting the grapes during the winemaking process and preventing any off flavours from being formed. Each batch was then lightly pressed into 500-litre barrels for fermentation, which is always allowed to stop naturally and without intervention. This can take from six months to a year, depending on the batch. The various components were then aged for 18 months in 50% new oak 500L French and Hungarian oak barrels & then a further 18 months in large format foudres before blending and bottling.

Varietal - Muscat de Frontignan
Alcohol - 13.9%
Residual sugar - 166g/l
PH - 3.71
Total Acid - 6.1g/l
Region - Constantia, Western Cape