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Klein Constantia, 'Vin De Constance' 2019 (500ml)

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98 points Decanter
"Butterscotch, lemon patisserie and peach aromas. Pristine quality to the texture, lively and thrilling, this is a serious, opulent and powerful wine, more on the spiced, nuanced side with aspects of dried herbs, wood scents and bitter lemon and orange with a touch of honeyed lychee. It feels supremely complex and characterful. Sophisticated, layered and balanced with some minerality, a slight graphite edge all of which adds to the whole. It's still extremely youthful but there is real sculpting here, a sense of precision, style and freshness. Well crafted with an extremely long life ahead. A wonder, and one of the best from the estate!"

97 points James Suckling
"Bright, medium to deep gold hue, showing focused and pure aromas of honeysuckle, fresh vanilla, lemon tart, dried mango, ginger and a hint of saffron. Certainly quite sweet, but not unctuous, with the natural, effortless acidity managing to balance the lushness. Intense, yet scented and naturally expressive. Persistent finish. You crave for a second glass if you drink it now, but you can also hold it for a decade in your cellar."

97 points Vinous
"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."

Jancis Robinson
"Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains. The harvest can often take up to three months, but in this cooler vintage, harvest began in late February and ended in late March, with a total of 26 passes having been made through the vineyard. The first passes pick ripe, higher-acidity fruit, the final passes select raisins. Each pick is vinified separately, and blended towards the end of the fermentation. Aged for 18 months in 50% new French oak, and then for another 18 months in old foudres before bottling. Bottled primarily in 500-ml bottles. RS 166 g/l.
Light yellow-gold. Smells of honey and sage with crushed stones and nuts. Moderately sweet flavours of honey, orange blossom and other white flowers have a lifted, cloud-like quality and a freshness thanks to fantastic acidity. A phenomenally long finish of flowers and honey turns slightly saline in the end. A tour de force of flavour multiplied by elegance. Effortless. 19++/20 points. (AY)"


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