Constantia Uitsig, Constantia
Box 402, Constantia, 7848, South Africa
Tel: +27 21 794 1810 Fax: +27 21 794 1812
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.constantiauitsig.co.za
in 1988 by David and Marlene McCay, the Uitsig estate has been
completely restored and wine farming has been reinitiated, with 40
ha now under vine.
its flat, slightly dull-looking vineyards, scenically Uitsig is
less visually appealing than the other Constantia estates. But
itís home to the regionís smartest restaurant (book well
ahead, we failed to get a table three days in advance), and the
wines are pretty good.
tasting/sales area is separate from the rest of the estate, with a
shop attached containing a good selection of premium South African
wines: this is worth bearing in mind if you are in the area.
tasting the wines, I was chased away by slightly over-attentive
security guards while taking pictures of the vineyard. I donít
know what dark secrets they were guarding, but I had a tough job
trying to convince one of them not to confiscate my camera.
Very fresh aromatic, grassy nose. The palate is nicely
balanced: not too herbaceous, with rounded ripe fruity flavours.
Crisp and expressive. Very good+ (R45)
Crisp, clean fruity nose. Very appealing ripe fruit on the
palate with crisp lemony acid. Attractive. Very good+ (R45)
This flagship wine spends 10 months in French oak barrels.
Quite an assertive nose with some oak notes. The palate is crisp
and fresh with noticeable oak that hasnít yet settled in
properly. Very good (R75)
Classy toasty/oaky nose with quite a bit of bready, vanilla
character. Good concentration of stylish, lean fruit on the palate
with prominent toasty oak. Very good+
This shows appealing ripe berry fruits with a gently spicy oak
overlay. Good balance. Nice drinking wine. Very good
Spends 18 months in French oak barrels. Sweet blackcurrant
fruit dominates the nose with a creamy edge. Good concentration of
soft, ripe fruit on the palate. Nice wine with a soft texture.
Pretty nose is sweet with a lemony, honeyed edge.
Rich-textured sweet palate with good balancing acidity. Nice late
harvest style, without being too complex. Very good
to the Constantia wine route
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