Hartenberg make some of the best Shiraz in the world, if not the best.
Deep black – red in colour and spicy, earthy notes on bouquet entry. Also cloves, red and black berry fruit. The palate is rich , fruit-driven and has great balance. Fine, powdery tannins finish the wine.
As luck would have it, Shiraz grapes love poor, gravelly soil – just the kind of soil we have in abundance on parts of our farm. The kind you need to produce world-beating Shiraz. This was another excellent vintage for the growing of red wines in Stellenbosch, with hot, dry weather resulting in small and concentrated berries. Grapes were hand-picked and, after crushing, only 20% of the juice was drawn off for use in this wine. This juice was cold soaked overnight, then two Rhone-sourced yeasts were inoculated. The oak component fwas made up of 100% French.
Once again, Nature has smiled upon us because the very same vineyards on Hartenberg with the perfect soils for Shiraz, also have the perfect weather for it.
Tim Atkin 93 points.
4 stars Platter’s SA Wine Guide.
92+ Anthony Mueller (Robert Parker)