Uitkyk Manor House, built in the Stellenbosch winelands in 1788 is a superb Thibault designed example of a town house built in the country.
Estelle Lourens is the winemaker on the estate and produces, amongst others, the iconic Uitkyk Carlonet, one of my favourite wines of the 1960s.
She also makes a superb 10yr old premium brandy called Grand Reserve.
Flat Roof Manor is a range of wines which Estelle calls them “bright and fun but they always offer an intriguing dimension to give them that special je ne sais quoi. They are playful but complex.” now we know!
What I know is that they are eminently drinkable and offer tremendous value. With the Pinot Rose, Estelle has made a delicious wine, so easy to quaff with characterful blush, a nose of red berries and a crisp and zesty palate. The blend is Pinotage (70%) with Pinot Grigio (30%) to combine depth of flavour with refreshment. Pinot Grigio is an Italian grape which makes what Jo Wadsack, British Wine Writer calls “the new Chardonnay” produces crisp and zingy wines.
Sells for around R38 a bottle.
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