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2016 Klein Constantia Vin De Constance, 500ml

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April 23, 2023 - $73



97Vinous / IWC

...well-defined bouquet offers scents of wild honey, acacia and orange blossom... On the palate, laser-like acidity cuts through the viscous fruit, and notes of saffron and allspice furnish the honeyed texture. There is immense precision on the finish. Superb.

96James Suckling

Such an amazing nose to this with dried peaches and limes, flowers and hot stones. Full-bodied, very sweet and powerful with a soft, caressing texture and a tangy, bright finish.

94The Wine Advocate

Lucious tones of apricot, dried nectarine, honey and spiced orange syrup with subtle tones of and dense on the palate, expanding and unfolding, showing layers of depth and breadth across the mid-palate...finish is long and thoughtful and continues to evolve on the palate, leaving a viscous layer, flopping back and forth between flavors of honey, orange marmalade and apricot paste.

17Jancis Robinson

Luscious nose of dried apricots, marmalade and cinnamon, in a rich, bold style. The palate offers more elegance, with floral notes, and a core of acidity that freshens and elevates it. Long, with a touch of citrus-rind bitterness at the finish.


South Africa, Constantia

Constantia is South Africa’s most famous wine region. Located just south of Cape Town, grape vines were planted in Constantia in the 17th century by a Dutch surgeon who was tasked by the Dutch East India Company to grow medicinal plants. Thirty years later the local governor claimed the valley that included the medicinal gardens and vineyards, and named the valley Constantia. The governor, Simon Van der Stel, ran his own 1,850-acre estate and winery, though at his death the estate was divided and sold. Today the valley includes nearly 1,200 acres of vineyards planted to Sauvignon Blanc, the most commonly grown grape. Another 2,000 vineyard acres are planted to various grapes including Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Semillon and Muscat. Constantia’s Mediterranean climate and granite-based soils makes for fertile vineyards, and despite the fact that the region is now essentially on the suburban edge of Cape Town, wineries continue to compete for territory. Since 2,000 several new wineries have established vineyards on the hillside slopes surrounding the valley.