NEWLY RATED: 2013 Vin de Constance - 96pts WA

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The recently published Wine Advocate review for the 2013 vintage of Vin de Constance places it amongst the very top vintages. One of the World's great sweet wines, Vin de Constance has a fascinating history but still remains affordable.

"a beautiful bouquet with honey, quince, pressed yellow flowers and Mirabelle. It has wonderful definition and purity. The palate is very well balanced with a mellifluous texture and beautifully judged acidity as it just sashays along. It fans out on the finish with honey, quince, a touch of rhubarb and ginger, extraordinarily persistent in the mouth. Matthew Day, current winemaker, opined that he thought the 2012 would be the best ever, but the freshness might see it overtaken. This is awesome."  
Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate, April 2017
First made in 1685 from raisined Muscat de Frontignon berries, Klein Constantia's Vin de Constance was known historically simply as "Constantia" and drunk in preference to Tokay and Yquem. Drunk by Napoleon, Frederick the Great, Bismarck, and referenced by Jane Austen, Charles Dickens and Baudelaire to name a few, this is a legendary wine.  A bottle of 1791 was recently opened at the estate and still amazed with its incredible aromatics and purity of flavours. 

Recent vintages of Vin de Constance have received much critical acclaim. Back vintages have been snapped up and are becoming increasingly hard to find as its popularity worldwide increases.
  • The 2007 received 97pts from the Wine Advocate and was described as "a startling, world-class wine that gives Yquem a run for its money"
  • A wine fit for royalty, the 2008 Vin de Constance was served at the state banquet in October 2015 when the Queen hosted Chinese president Xi Jinping and his wife at Buckingham Palace
  • The 2009 was crowned number 4 in the Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2015
We are pleased to offer the newly released 2013 vintage: bright gold in colour, with lifted aromas of honeysuckle, orange blossom and marmalade.  The palate is honeyed and mouthfilling, and is fatter with more opulent fruit than the 2012 with an orange zest finish.   The 2013 receives 95 points from Tim Atkin MW, he also names the estate's talented winemaker Matthew Day as 'Young Winemaker of the Year' in his 2016 South Africa report.

"Matt Day's second vintage in charge of this iconic sweet wine marks an evolution in style, with the addition of essencia and slightly less alcohol and residual sugar. It's another lovely VdC, showing flavours of tarte tatin, orange marmalade, baking spices and subtle oak ageing."
95pts Tim Atkin MW

"if I happen to taste better value for money than recent vintages I will let you know - but don't hang around waiting. I mean, under $50 for a meticulously crafted, profound, rare and utterly delicious world class wine. What are you waiting for?"  
Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate

Wine offered In Bond (IB) excluding duty and VAT.  For enquiries please email the team
Offer subject to final confirmation. E&OE.
Vintage Name Size Cs Bt GBP Price Per Actions scores
2013 Vin de Constance, Klein Constantia 50cl (6 bt) 20 - £205 CS (6) [Add to shopping basket] 96 - - - -