50cl * 14% ABV * Constantia, South Africa
One of the great sweet wines of the world, Vin de Constance has a 300-year-old history and has been enjoyed by the likes of Austen, Baudelaire and Dickens. Unlike some of the other finest sweet wines, this is not affected by Noble Rot (also known as boytritis), however that's not to say a mind-boggling amount of work goes into its production.
Bright and yellow gold in colour. The nose is layered with complex flavours of Seville marmalade, ginger spice and grapefruit. A rich and luxurious mouthfeel, the wine is full bodied, fresh and vibrant. The palate is balanced showcasing a perfect harmony between salinity, acidity, spice and sweetness.
James Suckling, jamessuckling.com 98/100 (Aug 2021) "Extraordinary aromas of white peaches, apricots, vanilla and flowers. Full-bodied and very sweet with so much sweet and dried fruit, such as apricots and tangerines, yet it maintains citrusy freshness and texture, with a long, very sweet finish. Always energetic and vivid. Great length to this. Goes on for minutes. It’s a sweet wine to drink when young, to marvel over the intensity and verve, yet also one to age for decades. Drink or hold."
The Wine Merchant Top 100 - Winner 2021