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Klein Constantia Vin De Constance 2016 (500ML)

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96+ Points, Zachys Buying Team: ""It is only the second vintage of this unique nectar that we have experienced, the first being the absolutely spellbinding 2012 release, and the wine is just that, an "experience wine" with a lot of history. In fact, 320 years of history, as the wine began in 1685, and became a favorite of Napoleon Bonapart, Queen Victoria and Thomas Jefferson and thus the legend was born. But more importantly, what you should know about this wine in the glass is, this is a profound sweet wine that is more about freshness and refinement thanks to its proximity to the sea and granite soils - it is a wine that clocks in at just 14% alcohol it is not cloying or heavy. The Muscat provides the wine with lift and a stunning bouquet of flowers that transcends on to the palate. There are incredible citrus nuances from orange blossoms, dried apricots, lemon zest to lemon wafers, and complimented with some brown spices. With aeration the wine does gain in texture, but always remains light on its feet. It is a wine that makes you stop and stare and say, "remind why I do not drink sweet wines again." There truly is nothing like seeing someone experience Chateau d' Yquem or Quintarelli for the first time, and certainly Vin de Constance deserves a place there as well."

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97 Points, Neal Martin, Vinous: "The 2016 Vin de Constance is matured in 50% French acacia oak, Hungarian oak and regular French oak, and 50% in French foudres. This has more delineation and precision on the nose compared to the previous vintage, offering acacia honey, quince, saffron and touches of elderflower in the background. The palate is very well balanced with fine precision, a killer line of acidity and disarming purity toward a finish that lingers in the mouth. Stunning."


98 Points, Tim Atkins, Decanter Magazine: "Best sweet wine of the year"Increasingly celebrated as one of the great sweet wines of the world, not just the Cape, Vin de Constance is a delight to taste and review. Slightly drier than the 205 release at 165 grams of sugar, it has more in common with the Loire or Tokaji than it does with Sauternes in terms of freshness and structure. Fresh, balanced and floral, with incredible delicacy, racy acidity, fine oak and flavours of pear tart, crystallised lemons and orange zest. 2019-35."