Tucked away in a corner, at the end of a dirt road leading out of Wellington in the Boland, you will find the rustic, unassuming organic estate, Upland. You could be forgiven for thinking you were in Tuscany, as apart from the Hawekwa mountain range, which cradles the estate, there is a similar wonderfully rustic and timeless feel to this part of the world.
Upland – the name comes from the English for Boland – is a small QCS certified fruit and wine farm that has been producing world-class organic Brandy, Grappa, Port and Cabernet Sauvignon for over a decade. Upland’s organic Grappa won the ‘World’s Best Grappa’ at the Guldkorken International Competition in Stockholm and its list of international and local awards is impressive.
The character of Upland brandy is unmistakable: Wafts of dried peaches and apricots, citrus and pineapple are topped by generous vanillas – a depth and complexity of flavour that lingers on the palate, with a dry finish reminiscent of a great Cognac.
Upland Cask Strength is South Africa’s first and only barrel strength Brandy, the 10 Year release has been patiently waiting in wooden casks since the estate’s first distillation in 1998.
This brandy emphasizes the difference between perfume and Eau De Toilette: This is the perfume. Nothing has been added to this world-class product, no colour, flavourings, sugar, not even water. 62% Alcohol – Pure Brandy.
The brandy is made in very limited quantities, hand-selected from the finest of each year’s produce. Upland brandy is best when savoured neat after a meal, accompanied perhaps by coffee and dark chocolate.
Upland brandy came second in the Guldkorken International Competition in Stockholm.