Occasional Riesling | 2020

Rich and spicy on the nose, honey and candy floss filled with citrus and pressed flower aromas. The flinty and chalky aromas on the nose compliment the delicate sweet entry and creamy, yet crisp finish on the palate.


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Vurrent Vintage

Occasional Riesling 2020

Previous Vintages

Occasional Riesling 2016

Occasional Riesling 2017


About Hartenberg Occasional Riesling

Green harvesting was carried out at véraison. This was followed by rigorous selection of each bunch, prior to picking, thereby ensuring that only sun-kissed and botrytised grapes were crushed. About 50% of the incoming grapes showed the positive presence of botrytis. The grapes were hand-picked at daybreak, de-stemmed, gently crushed and underwent 12 hours skin contact at 15˚C followed by light pressing. The free-run juice was split from the press juice and fermented at 16-18 ˚C. The wine was given a filtration prior to bottling.

The first release of the variety was the 1984 vintage and since that time our Rieslings have been recognized in South Africa as one of the “must-buys”. The style of the wine has been driven by a niche market which is in search of crisp, fresh Riesling, but also a subtle sweetness. Carl Schultz, our Cellar Master, was fortunate to gain an intimate knowledge of the grape, learnt from the “father” of the variety in South Africa, Frans Malan and his son, Johan, during the time he worked at Simonsig Estate.



2020: 4 stars Platter’s SA Wine Guide

2017: 4 stars Platter’s SA Wine Guide

2012: 92 points Tim Atkin

2016: 92 points Tim Atkin

2015: 2 points Tim Atkin

2014: 93 points Tim Atkin, 4 stars Platter’s SA Wine Guide

2013: 91 points Tim Atkin, 87 points Robert Parker, Gold Medal Veritas SA 2015, 4 stars Platter’s SA Wine Guide

2012: 4 stars Platter’s SA Wine Guide

2011: 4 stars Platter’s SA Wine Guide

2010: Gold medal Riesling du Monde Strasbourg 2012, Gold Medal Veritas 2012 (SA), 4 stars Platter’s SA Wine Guide, 91 points Robert Parker

2008: 4 stars Platter’s SA Wine Guide

2009: Gold medal Veritas, SA / Gold medal 5 Nations Challenge, Australia

2010: 4 stars Platter’s SA Wine Guide / Gold medal Les Grands Concours du Monde (2012), Strasbourg

2011: 4 stars Platter’s SA Wine Guide