Winemag.co.za | SA Wine Ratings, News, Opinion & Analysis


Interview: André Rousseau of Constantia Uitsig

From the February issue of Business Day WANTED: André Rousseau, 48, started as viticulturist at Constantia Uitsig in 1997 and became involved in the actual winemaking from 2003. You started at Constantia Uitsig in 1997. What do you know now that you wish you’d known then? The key to wine quality wine lies in the [...]

February 9, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 0 Comments

Constantia Uitsig Brut 2006 – 2009

Constantia Uitsig, complete with country hotel, various restaurants, vineyards and, of course, a cricket oval is on the market for R175 million (a bargain given that Klein Constantia reportedly went for R200 million when self-made billionaire Zdenek Bakala and business associate Charles Harman bought it in 2011). The official line is that process of due [...]

October 7, 2013
by Christian
with 1 Comment

Constantia Uitsig Semillon 2007

Shifts in the wine industry might occur slowly but they occur definitively even so, witness the fact that at the beginning of the 19th century, 90% of local vineyard plantings consisted of “groendruif”, supposedly Semillon, this dropping to 40% by the start of the 20th century and now sitting at around 1%. Single-variety Semillon is [...]

February 12, 2013
by Christian
with 0 Comments

CE’s top 12 wines of 2011

Below are my dozen best wines for 2011. To appear on the list, they had to be from South Africa and in general circulation. Where I encountered them blind, I scored them well enough but they appear here in that they provided me with great drinking pleasure. Some are established benchmarks, others are relative newcomers [...]

December 5, 2011
by Christian
with 2 Comments

Constantia Uitsig Semillon 2006

“Serious and rather grand, now even more focused with less oak (7 months, seasoned). Lanolin aromas mingle with wood vanilla, measured mouthful briefly upset by pushy 14.5% alc. Like toasty 2005, needing yr/2 to harmonise,” was the tasting note provided for Constantia Uitsig Semillon 2006 provided in the 2008 edition of Platter’s along with a [...]

October 4, 2011
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Constantia Uitsig Sauvingon Blanc 2009

Constantia Uitsig Sauvingon Blanc 2009 looking subtle and complex and without the nervousness that I’m sure it had on release. As served by my sister-in-law. Where did she acquire it? “From the top shelf at Pick n Pay – where all the expensive wines are kept.” Wasn’t she anxious about buying “old” Sauvignon Blanc? “I [...]

July 15, 2011
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Peter Lehmann Margaret Barossa Semillon 2005

On Friday, a workshop conducted by Steenberg winemaker JD Pretorius towards a better understanding of Semillon. At the end of 2010, it was the 12th most planted variety in the country with the total area amounting to 1 182.4ha (some 30% of this is planted in the Breedekloof where it’s used to dolly up entry-level [...]

May 22, 2011
by Christian
with 1 Comment

Domaines des Malandes Chablis 2009

Last night a meeting of our social tasting group, the theme of the evening Chardonnay. Two flights, the first featuring unwooded examples, the second wooded. We tasted blind and here’s how I scored the wines using the 20-point system. Flight one 1. Domaines des Malandes Chablis 2009 16/20 2.= Domaine William Fevre Montée de Tonnerre [...]

April 5, 2011
by Christian
with 0 Comments
Page 1 of 212
ADVERTISING
SHOP ONLINE
HOT AND HAPPENING
AEC v1.0.4
ADVERTISING
Error, no Ad ID set! Check your syntax!
newlstter2 Get the biggest stories of the past fortnight sent directly to your inbox. subscribe
FACEBOOK
TWITTER
ADVERTISING
BE SAFE
Wine magazine was published from October 1993 until September 2011 and now lives on in digital form as Winemag.co.za. We cover everything to do with South African wine.
XSLT Plugin by Leo Jiang