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Constantia, South Africa

Klein Constantia

Cap Classique 2015

“One of the few whites at Klein Constantia that isn’t made from Sauvignon Blanc, this MCC is an all-Chardonnay Blanc de Blancs. Fresh, youthful and unwooded, it has tiny bubbles, yeasty, pastry flavours and a fresh, bracing finish. A bubbly to keep an eye on.” 90 points

Tim Atkins, South Africa Report 2018

“Made from 100% free-run Chardonnay aged on the lees for 33 months, the 2015 Brut has a classic M.C.C. nose that smells like a standard blanc de blancs, with aromas of green apple, fresh pears, leesy lemons and brioche. On the medium-bodied palate, it has soft mousse but a shy mid-palate and bright acidity. The finish is clean and fresh with a good structure but leaves me wanting more depth and complexity. Quality is here, it just needs more depth.”

Anthony Mueller, Wine Advocate
31st October 2019

 

Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2016

“One of five different Sauvignons in the Klein Constantia portfolio, this is a blend of all 22 blocks on the farm, described as “our bread and butter” by Matt Day. Broad and softish, which reflects the vintage, with undertones of lime and passion fruit. 2017-18.” 90 points

Tim Atkins, South Africa Report 2017

 

Metis Sauvignon Blanc 2018

“The character of the wine reveals layers of limestone, savoury lime peel, citrus, salinity and yellow grapefruit notes and finishes with a long tangy, peppery, concentrated flinty intensity. Fabulous balance, mouth watering acidity and an overall feeling of liquid minerality. An impressively different expression.” 93+ points

Greg Sherwood MW
9th May 2021

 

Metis Sauvignon Blanc 2017

“The 2017 Metis Sauvignon Blanc is winemaker Matt Day’s “minimal interference” Sauvignon Blanc, made with no SO2 at crushing, wild fermentation and 12 months of lees contact. It has an engaging, complex bouquet of nettle, pressed flower, grass clipping and petrichor scents that are very well defined. The palate is balanced with a fine bead of acidity. I find greater harmony in this Metis compared to previous vintages, and certainly more composure toward the finish, where hints of passion fruit and orange pith marry with the gooseberry and malic notes. Just a superb Sauvignon Blanc.” 92 points

Neal Martin, Vinous
November 2019

“The 2017 Metis Sauvignon Blanc has a focus on the nose that is undeniably Sauvignon Blanc with soft grapefruit and citrus tones, a strong mineral edge and focused green fruit aromas. The citrus core is evident but the mineral structure and the textural weight on the mid-palate are really thought provoking. The long finish is clean, fresh and lively with crisp acidity, good structure and texturally, this feels like it is halfway to Sancerre with its mineral tension. Klein Constantia winemaker Matthew Day make this wine in conjunction with Pascal Jolivet of Loire Valley fame.” 90 points

Anthony Mueller, Wine Advocate
31st October 2019

“Often the pick of the range of extensive range of Sauvignon Blancs at Klein Constantia, this lightly wooded white was inspired by Loire winemaker, Pascal Jolivet, who still consults for the project. Peppery, nettley and mineral-focused, with subtle flinty undertones.” 94 points

Tim Atkins, South Africa Report 2018

 

Sauvignon Blanc Block 382 2020

“The 2020 Sauvignon Blanc Block 382 offers pungent aromas of bell pepper, sea spray, oyster shells and seaweed scents, extremely well defined and, in a word, striking. The palate is very well balanced with a killer line of acidity matched with a judicious, quite discreet touch of sour lemon. It gently fans out toward the finish, completing an exquisite single-parcel Sauvignon Blanc.” 93 points

Neal Martin, Vinous
April 2021

 

Sauvignon Blanc Block 382 2019

“The wine presents an intricate nose of gun smoke, wet stones, struck flint and savoury, briney maritime notes. The palate is packed full of gooseberry, prickly acids, grassy green pear, green apple bolstered by a fleshy, glycerol mid-palate, tart lime, gooseberry and a rock salt, briney finish. Super complex, very stable from extended ageing, Matt describes this iconic wine as “bullet proof” and one for the long haul. In my experience, it is certainly one of the most profound expressions of Sauvignon Blanc I have tasted from South Africa in many, many years. Track it down if you can!” 96 points

Greg Sherwood MW
9th May 2021

 

Clara Sauvignon Blanc 2020

“Klein Constantia are said to be aiming for a bolder, richer Bordeaux Blanc style with the Clara, displaying pear, pineapple, yellow grapefruit pastille and a riper and rounder texture. The end result is just splendid. There is indeed more richness and lees contact complexity, notes of kiwi fruits, acacia wood and an overall rounding influence of oak without the wine showing any overt oaky characters per se. Rich, intense, plush and textured, this is seriously grown-up Sauvignon Blanc with sensational concentration, intensity and length. I am certainly sold! What a beauty.” 95 points

Greg Sherwood MW
9th May 2021

“The 2020 Sauvignon Blanc Clara has a captivating and quite detailed bouquet of apple blossom, kiwi fruit, cucumber and light peachy scents in the background, very delineated and focused. The palate is beautifully balanced with a fine bead of acidity. This is a poised, elegant Sauvignon Blanc that will appeal to those who dislike peppery Sauvignon Blanc as displayed by the Block 382. This is just a delicious, satisfying Constantia “Savvy” that is impossible to dislike.” 92 points

Neal Martin, Vinous
April 2021

 

Perdeblokke Sauvignon Blanc 2020

“The 2020 Sauvignon Blanc Perdeblokke evokes sea spray and saline scents on the nose; I could be walking along the wharf of my hometown in the Thames estuary! Wonderful. The palate is beautifully balanced with a fine bead of acidity. There is so much energy coiled up in this wine, and it is so precise and pixelated on the finish. The standout Sauvignon Blanc from Matthew Day and his team.” 93 points

Neal Martin, Vinous
April 2021

 

Estate Chardonnay 2018

“It has a taut, crisp bouquet of mineral-rich malic aromas, very Puligny-like in style (yes, that good); you barely notice the new wood. The palate is very well balanced, poised and tensile, the oak beautifully integrated, with hints of toffee apple on the saline finish. A superb Chardonnay from winemaker Matthew Day and his team.” 93 points

Neal Martin, Vinous
April 2021

 

Estate Chardonnay 2016

“Pretty, with yellow apple, jasmine and pear flavors gliding along, framed gently by a brioche note on the finish. Stylish. Drink now.” 91 points

James Molesworth, Wine Spectator
31st December 2018

 

Estate Red 2018

“The palate is medium-bodied with sappy black fruit. A fine-boned Bordeaux blend with a judicious splash of cracked black pepper toward the finish. Excellent.” 92 points

Neal Martin, Vinous
April 2021

 

Estate Red 2015

“This has depth and weight but is subtle and refined, with light sage and menthol threads amid a core of gently mulled black currant and plum fruit. Tobacco and singed cedar notes underscore the finish, with the fruit lingering. Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2021.” 90 points

James Molesworth, Wine Spectator
31st December 2018

“The Klein Constantia red has been improving in recent vintages, none more so than in 2015, partly because of how selective Matt Day has been in the vineyard. This Bordeaux meets Rhône blend is elegant, floral, spicy and refined with nuanced oak and very well handled tannins.” 93 points

Tim Atkins, South Africa Report 2018

 

Vin de Constance 2017

“Stunning,” said one judge. “This is super-complex with fresh, fragrant fruit flavours alongside a real depth of flavour. I can imagine this developing beautifully over the next decade thanks to its incredible concentration.”

Sweet Wine Trophy, The Wine Merchant Top 100

“Lovely pureed apple, lactic peaches, lemon pastille, and hints of apricot candy. This is luxurious, mouth-coating, and simply world-class, with such purity and precision.” 96 points

Gold Medal, Decanter World Wine Awards 2021

“This stunning latest release from Klein Constantia, South Africa, proves beyond doubt that this is one of the two or three finest sweet wines in the world. Viscous, richly sweet and exquisitely balanced, it’s in great shape now but will last for ever and beyond.”

Jonathan Ray, Spears
1st November 2020

 

Vin de Constance 2015

“Fragrant, with rose petal, peach and pear aromas echoed on the palate, and hints of Turkish delight and crystallized orange The silky, rose-oil textured palate has shimmering, fine-tuned acidity.” 95 points

Joanna Simon, Decanter
1st December 2019

“This sweetie features a gorgeous bouquet of orange blossom and juniper flavors, while the mouthfilling palate carries dried mango and candied apricot notes, accented by hints of quince paste, honeysuckle and sweetened green tea. Rich and intense, but with piercing acidity delivering balance. Long and complex. Drink now through 2030.” 93 points

James Molesworth, Wine Spectator
31st May 2019

Overall Sweet Wine of the Year “Even better than the 2014 release – and that was a spectacular sweet wine – the 2015 Vin de Constance is one of the greatest ever vintages of this iconic sticky. More Barsac than Sauternes in terms of weight, it’s fresh and refined, a bit like the 2012, with citrus and orange zest balancing the 172 grams of sugar. The oak is perfectly judged, the length and freshness things of wonder.” 98 points

Tim Atkins, South Africa Report 2018

 

Vin de Constance 2014

“This is not the densest or most exotic of recent Vin de Constance releases, but what it lacks in power it more than makes up for with elegance. More Barsac than Sauternes-like perhaps? Quince, pastry and orange zest notes, with lovely tarte tatin acidity, subtle vanilla spice and a long, nuanced finish. 2019-35.” 96 points

Tim Atkins, South Africa Report 2017

 

Vin de Constance 2013

Platinum Best Sweet – 96 points

Decanter World Wine Awards 2017

“Beautifully perfumed with sweet citrus, marmalade, grapes and honey. Spicy and intense with great freshness, sweetness and complexity. Nice spicy, raisiny notes with lovely focus and complexity. So fine, pure and complex. Has great acidity and some tannin, balancing the sweetness beautifully. So fine. 97 points

Jamie Goode, jamiegoode.com
1st April 2017