Klein Constantia - Vin de Constance 2014Award Winning Dessert Wine
Given how particular Klein Constantia are each year about whether or not to produce a vintage, 2014 has been hailed as one of the best of the decade. Conditions leading up to it were near perfect and many similarities have been drawn to the hugely favourable 2007 vintage.
Bright and yellow gold in colour. The nose displays aromas of citrus, ginger and fresh nutmeg. Elegant, well rounded in acidity with a creamy mouthfeel, the flavours follow through offering a zesty mid palate. Full and refreshing, the wine concludes with a long and concentrated finish.
Unlike many of the great sweet wines of the world, Vin de Constance is not made from grapes affected by noble rot, but is made from 100% Muscat de Frontignan which ripens fully and then raisins on the vine to give juice with intense concentration and flavour. Harvest takes months, harvesting more than 15 different batches at different levels of ripeness, and the grapes are meticulously selected by pickers who work throughout the night harvesting at 4am to ensure conditions are perfect and the grapes arrive in at the coolest, natural temperature. This ensured both perfect balance of freshness, sweetness and zesty acidity and also a fabulously layered complexity. The wine was then aged in a combination of French and Hungarian oak for two and a half years.