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Donated from Klein Constantia’s private collection and otherwise sold out, a magnum of the 2018 vintage will be up for auction at the Suikerbossie Wine & Art Fiesta on Friday 25 August 2023. Tickets for the event can be purchased on Quicket: Limited space available.

Vin de Constance is one of South Africa’s most legendary wines with a rich history. Produced by Klein Constantia and bottled in a unique design, the 2018 vintage has the wine industry all abuzz. This is what they have to say about it:

“A barrel sample of Klein Constantia’s Vin de Constance 2018 has been awarded an unprecedented rating of 98-99 points by James Suckling, internationally regarded as one of the world’s most influential wine critics. The eponymous editor-in-chief of described Klein Constantia’s iconic natural sweet as a ‘unique wine worldwide’ and the 2018 vintage as ‘sublime’. His tasting notes for the wine read as follows:
‘Very perfumed aromas of lemon zest, ginger and lychee. Some apricots as well. Full-bodied with brightness, freshness and phenolic tension. It’s sweet, but not overly sweet. Salty and umami notes with some salted caramel.’

According to Suckling, a wine rated 90 points or more is ‘outstanding’ while a wine rated 95 points or more is a ‘must buy’. Wines rated from barrel, or unfinished wines, are rated with two point ranges such as 91-92 or 92-93 (98-99 in the case of the Vin de Constance 2018.”

“I also rated a barrel sample of what may be South Africa’s most famous wine: Klein Constantia Vin de Constance Natural Sweet Wine 2018. It could be the greatest Vin de Constance I have ever tasted in my career, with its unique balance of sweetness and savoriness & an almost salty undertone.” – James Suckling.

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