South African wine wins platinum at World Wine Awards
At the recent Decanter World Wine Awards 2017 (DWWA). Klein Constantia estate with Vin de Constance 2013 won a platinum medal.
Vin de Constance is a recreation of a world famous wine of the 18th and 19th centuries; this is a unique and naturally sweet wine.
Due to a prolonged winter and cool spring, the growing season was late in 2013 and delayed budburst by up to 2 weeks. Ideal conditions prevailed with moderate daytime and cool nighttime temperatures. This together with a dry season ensured for perfect ripening and raisining of the Muscat de Frontignan.
After the wine blind taste by wine experts the gold medal winners went on to compete for platinum status.
Vin de Constance 2013 achieved one of the top scores with 96 points.
This is a bright and gold in appearance. It has strong aromas of citrus and frangipani on the nose. In the mouth appear full-bodied and complex with a balanced acidity and sugar fruit. The wine concludes with a long, spicy and grippy finish.
The wine was aged in a combination of 60 % new French oak, Hungarian oak and French Acacia. It was left for a period of 3 years in barrel on the gross lees before racking out and blending. It spent a further 6 months in tank before bottling.