Just as expected, in early September we celebrated the first signs of Spring in the form of tiny Semillon buds shyly unfurling on long-dormant vines. Since then, every vineyard block has begun to follow suit. Although still some months away, our next harvest is a much-anticipated one, as it will be the first in our new winery. We can’t wait to share more about this development… not long now! A much-anticipated addition to our Estate has been the newly-renovated row of front cottages, parallel to Spaanschemat River Road. We’re delighted to announce that by early November, these [...]
BIRDS OF A FEATHER Winter is over. The sun is shining. And it’s a long weekend in ode of Heritage Day. There’s never been a better excuse to bust out your braai tongs and toast to the good days ahead and our collective heritage behind us. In honour of just that, here are our favourite South African dishes – along with their ideal Uitsig companions. Enjoy! BUBBLY & ANYTHING ON THE BRAAI Like that larger than life person who makes everybody feel like their best friend, there’s a reason why bubbly is the fastest growing segment in the wine [...]
Green tips Our resident horticulturalist Niall shares his tried-and-tested tips for the season ahead… “Spring is in the air – all the allergies, sniffy noses, and red eyes are fairly good indicators that things are happening to the trees and flowers around us. Now we need to get going with our summer garden planning… SOW - Cosmos, impatients, marigolds, nicotianas and herbs are best planted now. PLANT - Plant your summer flowering bulbs like arums and gloriosa superba (flame lilies). Be sure to add healthy new compost and a granular feed, as new plants have pretty good appetites. PROPAGATE - Lift [...]
In the spotlight This month, acclaimed Master of Wine, Tim Atkin met some of our wines as well as our winemaker, Jacques. The result? An impressive 3 Constantia Uitsig wines were given his highest stamp of approval… ratings in the enviable 90’s! Constantia Uitsig Semillon 2015 – 92 points An exquisitely complex nose of limes, orange marmalade and earthy notes, whilst the palate is full-bodied with a wonderful lanolin texture and a persistent finish. Constantia Uitsig Natura Vista – 94 points A beautifully balanced blend, with grass and green limes on the nose giving way to a lean, fresh [...]
Although our vines have been resting, we’ve been hard at work here at Uitsig! We’ve planted our first block of Muscat de Frontignan. In a few years time, they will allow us to produce a naturally sweet wine – in the style which the Constantia Valley has long been famous for. Our winery and new wine tasting facility is well under way! Watch this space for a world-class winery like no other - set to swing wide its doors in 2018! Our team has been busy pruning too. Different varieties [...]
As we endeavor to rehabilitate our farm and ensure it’s as eco-friendly as can be, we increasingly will rely on Mother Nature’s own handiwork to do more of the hard work in our gardens and vineyards.
Some things in life are worth the wait… and Constantia Uitsig’s Red Horizon 2013 is one such example. Having spent over a year in one of just 65 barrels before being bottled and hidden in the cellar for double that amount of time, Red Horizon 2013 is a shade darker than its sold-out predecessor, and the differences don’t stop there.
Our resident horticulturalist, Niall, is bananas about bananas! “Not only are they great for you (loaded with potassium and vitamins), but they’re just as great for your garden too.” Even their skin is rich in potassium, so chop up some peels and drop them in a bucket of water. Leave it for a few days, until the peels have fermented a little, and then use this mixture in your flower beds – it will assist flowers to bloom beautifully. Place the peels, inside facing up, into trenches being planted up, this will assist the rooting process to get going. Want [...]
Our resident horticulturalist, Niall is nothing if not a pragmatist. So whilst pottering around his own garden, Niall reflected on what he could eat and enjoy from his patch of earth... "I decided to see what I could eat and use medicinally out of my little patch." Thankfully, the medicinal herbs and flora he uncovered are all perfectly legal :) Take a look for yourself, then consider foraging in your own garden to see which of these you have and could use before dashing out to the shops or pharmacy... Apart from the usual suspects we all know and love [...]
In a city brimming with fine coffee roasters, Rosetta Roastery is one of the finest. With an almost cult-like following and a close-to-religious zeal for their craft, Rosetta has quickly amassed an impressive line-up of awards... To name just a few - they've been listed on the List of Top 25 Cafes in the World to see before you die, featured on Top10for.com's List of 10 Best Coffee Houses in the World, and been awarded the title of House & Leisure's Best Cafe in South Africa. They also happen to be one of the favourite coffee spots for Aussie Masterchef's Matt Preston to grab a cup when [...]