Shiraz | 2017

Initially the nose shows an abundance of black fruits and sweet spice aromas, later opening up to a more savoury, umami character. The palate continues this profile with enchanting, voluptuous biltong flavours and fine, grippy tannins that allow for a lingering spicy finish.

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Barrel Ageing: 21 months in 30% new French oak, 40% 2nd fill and balance 3rd fill French oak barrels

Alcohol: 14,50 % by volume

Residual Sugar: 2,1 g/l

Total Acid: 5.9 g/l

pH: 3,42

Great pairing with Karoo lamb, a delicious homemade beef burger with grilled cheddar topping or mushroom risotto.

2017: 4 stars Platter’s SA Wine Guide

2016: Gold medal 2019 Syrah Du Monde

2016: 4 stars Platter’s SA Wine Guide

2015: Tim Atkin 92 points, 4 stars Platter’s SA Wine Guide

2014: IWSC 2017 Silver Outstanding,  Tim Atkin 90 points

2013: Gold Outstanding at the IWSC awards, 4 stars Platter’s SA Wine Guide

2012: Tim Atkin 91 points

2011: Tim Atkin 91 points, 4 stars Platter’s SA Wine Guide

2010: 4 stars Platter’s SA Wine Guide, Gold Medal IWSC (2014), Top 12 Shiraz SA (2014)

2009: 4 stars Platter’s SA Wine Guide, 90 points Robert Parker, Decanter Gold (2013)

2007: 92 points Robert Parker & 91 points Wine Spectator, 90 points Wine Pioneers (USA), 4 stars Vic Harrington (Canada), 4 stars Platter’s SA Wine Guide, 4 ½ stars Platte

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 renowned 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 Rhône-sourced yeasts were inoculated. The oak component was 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.

All we have to do to make our award-winning Shiraz is harness what we already have, and stick it in a bottle. To be absolutely honest, it would be more difficult for us to produce a poor Shiraz on Hartenberg than a good one.

The variety that made Hartenberg famous. Hartenberg is one of the oldest and foremost producers of Shiraz in South Africa.

2016 Hartenberg Estate Shiraz