NEW Vin de Constance 2012
The keenly anticipated new release of one of the world’s most iconic sweet wines has now arrived: Vin de Constance 2012. The winemakers over at Klein Constantia only release Vin de Constance in the very best years, guaranteeing its quality and cementing its position amongst the great Sauternes and Tokajis. The new 2012 is astonishing as ever: the bottle we opened in the office this morning was not only the perfect post-weekend tonic, but astonishingly vibrant, aromatic, intense, unctuous and yet beautifully balanced. Remarkably, it actually feels approachable now but of course has the capacity for considerable ageing.
After its resurrection in the 1980s (following a century of dormancy after phylloxera destroyed the vineyards), the estate has gone from strength to strength and consistently appears in lists of the world’s top wines. Although Vin de Constance nurtures its incredible history – there aren’t many wines that survive from the 17th century and appear in the works of Dickens, Baudelaire and Austen – it is clear that things are only moving onwards and upwards at Klein Constantia. Whilst they have kept the unique asymmetrical bottles as a tribute to the hand-blown originals, they have invested heavily in its infrastructure, vineyards and equipment.
Once again, Klein Constantia have produced a ridiculously good, brilliant value dessert wine which will be a stellar addition to your cellar to drink in a couple of years and over the next three decades.
In terms of price, Neal Martin puts it perfectly: ‘As for the prices for Vin de Constance, well, if I happen to taste better value for money than recent vintages I will let you know - but don’t hang around waiting. I mean, under $50 for a meticulously crafted, profound, rare and utterly delicious world class wine? What are you waiting for?’
- Sold Out!
Tasting Notes and Scores
Vin de Constance always has a truly captivating nose and the 2012 is no exception. Astonishing levels of baked pear, fresh pastry, apricot, quince and marmalade are lifted by sweet floral notes which balance the fruit out perfectly, never becoming blousy or cloying. The palate is immediately sweet and unctuous but mouthwatering, with awesome acidity that leaps into action before the palate ever gets too rich; this captures the immense purity and precision of the fruit and keeps it lingering long in the mouth. A triumph. – BI
97pts – Tim Atkin (South Africa Report)
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.