Yesterday's launch event for the new vintage of South Africa's iconic Vin de Constance proved to be a real eye-opener. Before we tasted the Vin de Constance, Klein Constantia's talented winemaker, Matt Day, treated us to a vertical tasting of the estate's Sauvignon Blanc. Astonishingly, for such a modestly priced wine (just £100 per 12ib for the 2015), this proved to be highly age-worthy; a bottle of 1987 displaying terrific complexity and freshness.
The main event was a mini vertical of the Vin de Constance: 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014. Each vintage had a different character but what stood out most was the elegance of the 2014, arguably the finest expression of this wine to date.
The 2014 vintage of Vin de Constance will be the first to benefit from new longer corks, designed to further enhance the longevity of the wine. These are cutting-edge Amorim corks, which are individually analysed to ensure each one is cork-taint free.