Uitkyk Carlonet 1984
By Christian Eedes, 21 May 2020
Uitkyk in Stellenbosch was first granted to a certain Jan Oberholzer in 1712, later that century becoming the property of self-made immigrant Martin Melck (of Muratie fame) who ceded it to his son-in-law Johan David Beyers in 1776, Beyers responsible for building the splendid manor house.
In 1929, Prussian nobleman Hans von Carlowitz purchased the property, the first to plant vines and a wine called Carlonet, originally made from Cabernet Sauvignon and Cinsault, was what the farm became best known for.
Von Carlowitz’s son Georg sold Uitkyk to Gerry Bouwer in 1963 and Bouwer’s son-in-law Harvey Illing gave up his Natal dentistry practice to become winemaker. In 1984, the Bouwer family sold to the Bergkelder, which had held a part share (Illing staying on as winemaker for a while) and it later became part of Lusan Premium Wines, a joint venture between German financier Hans Schreiber and Distell. Most recently, it was acquired by US-based Eileses Capital in 2018, its vineyards set to supply Warwick going forward.
From the depths of the late Harold Eedes’s cellar, the Carlonet 1984. The 1986 edition of John Platter’s South African Wine Guide says of Carlonet “formerly a robust, full-bodied dry red… from ’78, when rotating fermenting tanks were introduced, made in a lighter style, though still substantial”. The 1982, meanwhile, was the first vintage matured in new Nevers oak and the 1984 was deemed “extremely promising”. No indication of varietal composition provided – though labeled as “Cabernet Sauvignon”, legislation at the time permitted up to 25% of other varieties.
The wine appears quite well preserved with notes of red cherry, some herbal characer and a little oak spice on the nose while the palate is light bodied with acidity that some might consider perky and others tart, the tannins long since vanished. Very much of its era.
CE’s score: 89/100.
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