Klein, Constantia Vin de Constance 2007 (50cl)

Constantina Valley, Western Cape, South Africa

Klein, Constantia Vin de Constance 2007 (50cl)

Constantina Valley, Western Cape, South Africa



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Grape Varietes: Muscat de Frontignan 100% Wine Style: Sweet & Fortified Winemaker: Stiaan Cloete, Matthew Day Optimum Drinking: 2017-2060 Reviewer Rating: 97 Reviewer: eRobertParker.com Code: 102998 Alcohol: 14%
Estate Notes

Klein, Constantia Vin de Constance 2007 (50cl) is a South African sweet white on a par with Bordeaux's great Château d'Yquem. Bottles come in original cartons.

Klein, which benefits from a maritime climate beside Table Mountain, was derelict when owner Duggie Jooste bought it in 1980, but the estate soon became a beacon of quality (under Duggie and winemaker Adam Mason) that inspired a wine-producing renaissance in the region. Klein was later sold to a Czech millionaire and then merged with Anwilka (of which Hubert de Brouard and Bruno Prats are shareholders, no less). The current winemaking team of Stiaan Cloete (whose forefathers owned the estate in the 19th century) and Matthew Day continue the excellent work, crafting world class wines at very reasonable prices, employing an expert team of pickers who harvest up to 25 times a year to select the best bunches. Some fermentation takes place on the skins before ageing in new and aged Hungarian and French oak, which add distinct spice and clove characteristics.

Throughout Constantina's illustrious history, vines were first planted in 1685, famous imbibers have included Jane Austen and Napoleon Bonaparte, the latter who often enjoyed a bottle of ‘vin de Constance’ daily and is rumoured to have requested a glass on his deathbed.


"Although I have tasted the 2007 Vin de Constance on several occasions, this was the first time professionally. It has an explosive bouquet that sprints out of the blocks with a more effervescent, vivacious personality than the 2008. Citrus lemon, Seville orange marmalade, touches of mandarin and a dash of spice all vie for attention. The aromatics are more Sauternes-like than the 2008. The palate is very well-balanced with a viscous opening, a keen thread of acidity and a bewitching sense of poise and focus. This is probably the finest Vin de Constance to date as it fans out marvellously on the multi-layered finish. This is a startling, world-class wine that gives Yquem a run for its money. " eRobertParker.com

"Gorgeous, featuring a core of creamed peach, persimmon, maple and nectarine notes inlaid with flashes of green tea, dried papaya and mango. Lush and refined, with accents of blood orange and mouthwatering spice echoing on the finish. Muscat de Frontignan." Wine Spectator