Part of producer-wholesaler Distell’s Cape Legends portfolio, Stellenbosch property Uitkyk has a rather staid image but two new wines launched today go some way to shaking things up.
Uitkyk Glass Memoires Extra Brut 2011
The (somewhat twee?) name refers to messages scratched into the windows of the 1788 manor house. 51% Chardonnay, 49% Pinot Noir, 24 months on the lees, zero dosage. Other than a subtle brioche character, quite neutral on the nose and palate – very little primary fruit. A creamy mousse and a very dry finish as you would expect. Curiously pleasing if not exactly easy drinking.
Uitkyk Chenin Blanc 2012
From a vineyard planted in 1978, grapes previously used for the estate’s brandy. “It’s a trellised vineyard but it currently doesn’t look like it,” says winemaker Estelle Lourens. 50% fermented and matured for nine months in 400-litre French oak barrels, 50% new. Lime and some attractive leesy character. Understated – lean but not mean and savoury overall.