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“Which came first: Vin de Constance or Sauternes? I suspect the former.” Neal Martin
“Constantia was bought by European courts in the 18th and 19th Centuries in preference to Yquem, Tokay, Madeira…” Hugh Johnson
The 2016 Vin de Constance is matured in 50% French acacia oak, Hungarian oak and regular French oak, and 50% in French foudres. This has more delineation and precision on the nose compared to the previous vintage, offering acacia honey, quince, saffron and touches of elderflower in the background. The palate is very well balanced with fine precision, a killer line of acidity and disarming purity toward a finish that lingers in the mouth. Stunning. 97 points Neal Martin
2016 has been hailed as one of the best of the decade where conditions leading up to it were near perfect and many similarities have been drawn to the hugely favourable 2007 vintage. 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.
With the young, affable Matt Day at the helm since 2012, quality at this historic estate has steadily improved, thanks to a revamp of the winery itself and tweaks in the winemaking process that have brought clarity and definition to the wines.
Rich and generous, with definition and expression, it is clear to see why this is considered one of the benchmarks for sweet wine from around the world.