2012 Vin de Constance, Klein Constantia

An amazingly expressive nose of apricots and flowers is so enticing, it’s almost impossible to stop smelling this and put the glass to your lips. The palate is rich but holds so much freshness: despite the huge level of sweetness, it remains refreshing. It is a remarkable feat of winemaking to create a wine that is so complex, so intense and so weighty, but is also so fresh and effortless. You can still taste every flavour minutes after you’ve put down the glass, but the mouthfeel is in no way cloying. You have to try this.

Critic score
95.5/100
Pricing
50cl Bottle
From a client
Report
2 available
£55.79

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    South Africa
  • Maturity
    Ready 2016 - 2035
  • Colour
    White
  • Sweetness
    Sweet
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    50cl Bottle (50cl.)
  • ABV
    14%
2012 Vin de Constance, Klein Constantia

TASTING NOTES

The 2012 Vin de Constance won’t be released for another year, but put a note in your diary to buy some when it is. Sweeter and more alcoholic than the 2011, but somehow fresher and brighter, too, it’s floral, pure and focused, with notes of orange zest, tarte tatin and well integrated oak. Shaping up to be the best Vin de Constance yet. Overall Sweet Wine of the year: South Africa Report 2015

Tim Atkin MW
97/100

The 2012 Vin de Constance Natural Sweet Wine delivers 160 grams per liter of residual sugar with a pH of 3.7 and, spent 28 months in French and Hungarian oak barrels. There is actually great similarity on the nose, perhaps a little more floral than the 2011 with mirabelle,and a touch of petrol infusing the honey and marmalade aromas. The palate is unctuous on the entry, nicely balanced as the acidity slices through the rich honeyed fruit that lingers long in the mouth, a touch of orange zest and nectarine towards the finish. I have a preference for this Vin de Constance over the 2011 – a superb dessert wine from Matthew Day.

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate
94/100