Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 2018

One of the greatest treasures in the wine world with over 300 years of history in every bottle.
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NOTES: Brioche/Caramel


DRYNESS: Very Sweet

ACIDITY: Medium +



ORIGIN: Coastal Region (Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Swartland, Constantia & More), South Africa



  • Muscat

FERMENTATION: Biodynamic Heavy Wood



ASIAN FOOD PAIRING: Negitori don, Hokkien mee, Ondeh ondeh

WESTERN FOOD PAIRING: Pair with desserts, paté, prawn linguine, rib-eye steak, Comté and cheddar cheese with crackers and balsamic nuts


Klein Constantia Vin de Constance

Legendary and iconic, Klein Constantia's Vin de Constance is one of the greatest treasures of the wine world. With over 300 years of history in every bottle, this is a wine you'll want to get your hands on. Easily considered the best sweet dessert wine of South Africa, this is the perfect mood-setter or gift for Christmas.

Vibrant and tantalizing from its golden hued, deep amber appearance to its lingering, zesty finish. A layered bouquet of citrus blossom, dried pineapple, honeycomb and stone fruit. Heady wood spice scents intermingle with citrus marmalade, ripe mango and pineapple flavours on the palate. Like honey ice cream on crème brûlée. The mouthfeel is rich and creamy with a refreshing acidity that closes on a seemingly endless finish.

The 2015 vintage is the first to be completed in Klein Constantia's renovated cellar, with equipment dedicated for the making of Vin de Constance. Harvested throughout the season in batches – from the riper berries that have great acidity to the raisins for sugar concentration. Each batch is kept separate and treated differently. These batches make up the perfect ratio between sugar, alcohol and acidity that allows the wine to stop fermentation naturally and without intervention. Aged in a combination of 50 % new French oak, Hungarian oak and French Acacia for 3 years on the gross lees before racking out and blending. It spent a further 6 months in tank before bottling.

A little history
This iconic sweet wine has a famed legacy of seducing everyone from kings to poor writers with its golden nectar, bringing delight and pleasure the world over.
Thomas Jefferson and Queen Victoria were both known to savour this sweet amber nectar. In his unfinished novel The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Charles Dickens wrote of “the support embodied in a glass of Constantia and a home-made biscuit.” Meanwhile, Mrs Jennings in Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility recommends Constantia for “its healing powers on a disappointed heart.” The most famous fan of Constantia was Napoleon, who found solace in Vin de Constance during his lonely exile on the island of St Helena, where he had regular shipments sent to him.
The Constance craving ravaged the world until the end of the 19th century when the dreaded disease “Phylloxera” arrived at the Cape. However, this sweet nectar was immortalised in the poetry and prose of 19th century writers until it made it's comeback in 1986.