A pretty burnished copper color, this wine offers fragrant and pretty notes of honeysuckle, citrus peel and clove. On the palate, notes of orange marmalade are lifted by a thread of fine acidity that leads to the long and vibrant finish.
Klein Constantia is custodian to South Africa’;s most historic vineyards. Located in the Table Mountain Valley, the first vineyards of Constantia were planted in 1685 by the Governor of the Cape, Simon van der Stel, who recognized the uniqueness of location, climate and decomposed granite soils. Klein Constantia’s lusciously sweet wine, Vin de Constance, rose to prominence in the 1800s. It was savored by the likes of Napoleon Bonapart, Queen Victoria and Thomas Jefferson and found its way into the writing of many great 18th and 19th century authors. Unfortunately, its production ceased in the mid-19th century when odium infected the vineyards, only to be followed by the arrival of phylloxera. After many years of research and consultation by some of South Africa’s top historians and viticulturists, the wine was resurrected in 1986 to almost instant acclaim and has enjoyed top accolades ever since. Today, Klein Constantia is owned by Czech-American investor and philanthropist, Zdenek Bakala, UK based businessman, Charles Harman and recent new partners, Bruno Prats of Chateau Cos d’Estournel and Hubert de Bouard of Chateau Angelus. With the ocean just six miles away, the cool climate and near constant sea breeze create ideal growing conditions for Muscat de Frontignan which is able to fully ripen before raisining begins. The soils are well-draining, fertile decomposed granite with high clay content, this ensures good water retention which is important given the long dry summers of the Cape.
|After handpicking selected shriveled fruit, the berries are left to macerate on their skins for several days to soften, The grapes are pressed and the wine ferments in a combination of stainless steel tanks and wooden 500L barrels of mostly new French and Hungarian oak. The wine is matured for four years before bottling.