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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 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

 

Metis Sauvignon Blanc 2015

94 points 

Tim Atkins, South Africa Report 2015

 

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 Chardonnay 2014

“Feels more full bodied than the 13.5% alcohol would imply. This is cool and crunchy with butterscotch oak coming through in a decent commercial style.”

NA, Decanter
1st March 2017

 

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

 

Estate Red 2014

“A ripe, polished style, with a suave core of currant, cherry and plum confiture notes inlaid with light mocha and singed vanilla notes. Enticing through the finish, in a fruit-forward way.” 90 points

James Molesworth, Wine Spectator
30th September 2016

 

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

 

Vin de Constance 2012

“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.” 97 points

Tim Atkin South Africa Report 2015, Overall Sweet Wine of the year

“Intense, with dried orange peel, nectarine, apricot and kumquat notes laced with a vibrant green tea edge. The long finish picks up a bitter almond hint for added tension, while the unctuous fruit sails through. This is still very youthful and densely packed, so no rush at all.” 95 points

James Molesworth, Wine Spectator
30th September 2016