Dating back to 1685 and described as one of the world’s most beautiful wine estates, Klein Constantia is set amidst ancient trees on the upper foothills of the Constantiaberg, with views across False Bay. The perfect location for cool climate wines, Klein Constantia produces some of South Africa’s top Sauvignon Blancs, as well as one of the world’s best natural sweet wines, Vin de Constance.
As a good friend and long-time supporter of Klein Constantia, the Mosaic-team was very excited when we were invited to attend a memorable vertical tasting of Sauvignon Blanc and the famed Vin de Constance at The Palazzo Hotel on Wednesday 27 January 2016 where we were treated to a tasting of 10 wines from 2015 way back to 1995, which included:
Klein Constantia Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2015:
Well balanced wine, showing typical aromas and flavors of Sauvignon Blanc with good acidity, especially from a warm vintage like 2015. Real value for money.
Klein Constantia Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2011:
Very smooth (with an addition of 10% Sémillon), this wine was round and soft on the palate with an incredibly long aftertaste.
Klein Constantia Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2004:
Gentle change of color, yet impressively still very fresh on the palate, with nutty flavors in mid- palate. Ready for consumption now, but still has potential to age for another 10. One of my favourites for the day, it has impressive longevity.
Klein Constantia Metis Sauvignon Blanc 2014:
A super big wine that is powerful on the palate. Inspired by Pascal Jolivet and his holistic approach to winemaking in Sancerre, this finishes off with a burst of fresh acidity that it long and full.
Klein Constantia Perdeblokke Sauvignon Blanc 2014:
Made from grapes sourced from the best vineyard of Klein Constantia, it is a powerful wine, showing great ageing potential.
Klein Constantia Perdeblokke Sauvignon Blanc 2009:
The vintage shows typical flavors from the terroir and cultivar, quite similar to the 2014. Still very fresh and has the potential for further ageing.
Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 2011:
Low residual sugar of 155 gr/l, displaying concentrated tropical fruit aromas and excellent balance between the fruit flavors, acidity and alcohol. Inviting flavours of honey and spice on the palate - this is a great wine.
Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 2004:
A lovely golden color, the wine has very distinct Muscat aromas on the nose. Honey and spice flavors on the palate with a lingering finish.
Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 2000:
A beautiful golden hue with notes of tobacco on the nose as well as a much lower alcohol content than the previous wines. The wine finishes sweet with a lack of acidity.
Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 1995:
Now a dark burnished color. The nose is distinctly Muscat with honey and spice on the palate. A sweet finish, this is ready for consumption now.