With the 2009 vintage of Vin de Constance not entirely convincing (see here) and no 2010 released, a lot was riding on the 2011 (Wine Cellar price: R750 per 500ml bottle) and fans of this sweet wine from Klein Constantia will be glad to hear that everything is Jim-dandy again.
The last vintage to be vinified by winemaker Adam Mason and while the property was under the ownership of the Jooste family, it was however bottled by current winemaker Matthew Day with oversight from MD Hans Astrom, the latter pair making no secret of their desire to introduce a little more primary character and freshness to the wine.
One major change is “more flexible oak management”, the wine now bottled when the brain trust feels is most appropriate rather than simply when the previous vintage sells out and time in oak has consequently come down from four and a half years in the case of the 2008 to three years for the 2011.
The nose is pretty and entirely captivating – citrus, lilac, herbs, spice, even a little mint. The palate, meanwhile, shows pure fruit and zippy acidity – it’s an extraordinarily vivid glass of wine – the finish suitably long without being astringent. Really classy.