Uitkyk Chardonnay is a dry white wine made by Estelle Louren at this historic Simonsberg wine estate. Uitkyk (pronounced ‘ate cake’) is one of the most beautiful estates in the Cape. The name means “look out”, which it does – from the southwestern slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain where it is situated, across the Cape Flats to Table Mountain in the distance. Uitkyk Estate was founded in 1712 when it was first granted to Jan Oberholzer, but vines were first planted only in 1929 when an immigrant Prussian novleman, Hans von Carlowitz, bought the estate. The estate became famous for its Carlonet blend, originally a blend of Cinsault and Cabernet Sauvignon but they also produce some fine white wines too.
The grapes for the Uitkyk Chardonnay come from a single, south-facing vineyard located at 270 metres above sea level. The vines here are 18 years old and are grown in soils originating from decomposed granite. The vines are trellised on a seven-wire system and received supplementary irrigation during the growing season. After harvest there is minimal skin contact and only free-run juice was used. The wine is fermented in barrel for a period of around 8 days. The wine is then aged on the less for about 8 months in a combination of new, second and third fill French oak barrels with lees stirring every two weeks.