Buitenverwachting is proud to announce that the Husseys Vlei Sauvignon Blanc 2013 has been awarded five stars by Platters Wine Guide 2015. The John Platter South African Wine Guide is the most comprehensive, up-to-date and authoritative chronicle of who's who and what's what in South African wine country.

Lars Maack tells us “We replanted the entire section of Buitenverwachting known as Husseys Vlei. The original plantings were all red cultivars, but the close proximity, loss of direct sun in the afternoon and high altitude 250m above sea level were indication for cool and heat sensitive varietals such as Sauvignon Blanc.

I therefore decided to replace the Cabernet Sauvignon, Gamay Noir and Pinot Noir and planted Sauvignon Blanc instead. The first crop came in in 2004. The flavour profile of the Sauvignon Blanc was so distinctively different that we felt that the ripe and beautifully elegant gooseberry characters from the southern side of Buitenverwachting were clashing with the new more pungent green pepper flavours from the new Husseys vineyards. The first vintages were awarded with a double gold medal at Veritas. The wine is a real heavy weight, full bodied and long lasting flavours which allows the wine to develop and peak over three to four years.”

Lars says that what makes this award even for meaningful is that only 50 wines received this accolade out of 7.700 listed wines and that he is thrilled that another four of Buitenverwachting wines were rated as ‘Highly Recommended’.

Recent awards include:

A Gold for Buitenverwachting’s Merlot 2010 at the highly acclaimed Veritas Awards 2014

A Gold for Buitenverwachting’s Christine 2009 at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2014 (widely regarded as SA's leading premium wine show).

The farm was part of Simon van der Stel’s original Constantia farm. In 1773 that a 200 acre portion was sub divided and sold to Cornelus Brink; this was known as Nova Constantia. Buitenverwachting came into being when Arend Brink bought the farm in 1794 built a manor house and started planting vines. During the past two centuries Buitenverwachting has had no less than 16 owners with huge swings in fortune. It was when German businessman Richard Mueller and his wife bought the farm in 1981 that stability and a change in fortune came to Buitenverwachting. The farm has been under the management of son Lars Maack over the past few years and this magnificent Estate has truly flourished, producing outstanding wines and comprising an excellent restaurant.

Living up to its name; Buitenverwachting – Beyond Expectation!


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Buitenverwachting, Klein Constantia Road,
Constantia, Cape Town, South Africa
Winery: +27 (0)21 794 5190
Restaurant: +27 (0)21 794 3522