Uitkyk Chenin Blanc 2012

December 6, 2013
by Christian
in What I Drank Last Night
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Proper picnic wine.

Proper picnic wine.

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
Price: R125
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.

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Uitkyk Chenin Blanc 2012
Price: R60
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.

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