Upland Organic Estate

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Upland estate is a small fruit and wine farm situated against the majestic Hawequa mountains near Wellington. Edmund and Elsie Oettlé produce a small amount of high quality red wine, grappa and brandy, as well as olives, almonds and tangerines. The farm is run according to organic farming principles, to ensure the continued health of both the environment and the consumers of our products. Organic farming makes use of natural fertilizers and pest control, and is sustainable in the long term. Vigorous, healthy plants are better able to withstand disease, and the quality of the product is likewise higher. However, these gains are offset by lower yields. On Upland Estate, organic farming techniques have been implemented for the past 15 years, and the farm is certified with Debio/BDOCA. A dramatic improvement in soil and crop quality has been evident, as well as a significant reduction in soil erosion. However, it is the quality of our products that speak for themselves. The wines are exceptionally full bodied, bursting with fruity flavours, and are deeply coloured. Each vintage varies according to the gifts and constraints of the season. In the cellar, the wine is allowed to develop and display its uniqueness, and to express itself to the utmost. Thus no two vintages are the same, but each has its own secrets and delights. Careful maturing for up to 3 years in small French oak barrels ensures a well-balanced wine, able to mature for many years, and yet accessible for immediate drinking. The wines are best enjoyed with a full-flavoured meal, especially one of venison, game birds or cheese.

The maiden release is the 98 Cabernet sauvignon. It came second out of 40 wines in the Wine magazine review, June 2000, and received 3½  stars. It was awarded a silver medal at the Michaelangelo International Wine awards. Tasting notes: A complex nose with hints of chocolate, mint, spice and cigar box. Good follow-through onto the palate, showing generous fruit, especially wild cherry and black currants. This wine sold at the 2003 Nederburg Auction. 10 Cases are still available. The 2004 Cabernet is the currently available vintage. Tasting notes: Deep blackish ruby colour, very fruity, distinct flavours of plums, black currants and vanilla, with delicate spicy overtones. Younger vintages are available if you prefer the younger style wines.

The Port is a delicious sulphite free desert wine fortified with our organic pure pot-still brandy at mid fermentation, making it the only truly organic estate port in South Africa, as both the wine and the fortifying spirit were grown, made, and matured on the estate. The fruit flavours are enhanced by the natural sweetness of the grapes, with the oak vanillas from the brandy adding an extra dimension to the wine. The palate is full, but the finish is dry, making it the perfect companion to an after dinner platter of pecan nuts and blue cheese.

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