Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Hartenberg Estate wins International Trophy / Best in Show at the DWWA 2014

Last night Hartenberg won Best in Show for their Bordeaux Varietal under £15 at the Decanter World Wine Awards.

The official review describes the wine as follows:

"Bursting with cassis, dark berries and plums, with plenty of fruit sweetness, this is a wine with no hard edges and a world away from some of leafy green Bordeaux blends at this price level. Cedar notes on the nose lead to a rounded, smooth palate, with sweet tobacco, vanilla, spicy oak and genteel hedgerow touches."

Along with Hartenberg and winemaker Carl Schultz, we are thrilled that this wine has made the best in show - winning an International Trophy is a fantastic achievement. Only 33 wines out of over 15,000 entries won an International Trophy – that’s just 0.22%.

Bancroft's Neil McAndrew and Sophie McLean accepting the award on Hartenberg's behalf

for their Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Best Bordeaux varietal under £15

Commenting on the award, Carl Schultz, winemaker, said: 

“Hartenberg owners and staff are absolutely delighted by this win. Stellenbosch, our appellation has a terrific, even if underplayed history with Cabernet, stretching back to the late 1960”s. Hartenberg also produced a good number of famed examples from the mid and late 1970”s . An international wine award of this importance elevates the Hartenberg brand and helps to build the high–end  profile of South African wines.”

“The 2010 vintage was small and consequently yielded concentrated, yet elegant reds.  Cabernet specifically showed oodles of fruit and silky tannins.”

“The secret to this wine is understanding, passionate owners and a dedicated, driven team, always prepared to go the extra mile.”

Stockists of this wine include:

Dunell`s Premier Wine

Loki Wines Ltd

St Andrews Wine Co 



South African Wines Online

The Framlingham Wine Shop

The Wine Factor

Since it was established in 1692 Hartenberg Estate has always had very high standards of winemaking. This reluctance to compromise must come with the terroir and for the current cellar master Carl Schultz, who has been at the farm for 20 years now, only the best will do.
The Hartenberg Estate occupies its own valley in the Bottelary Hills in the Stellenbosch region. The Mediterranean climate, cool breezes channelled down the valley from the ocean and poor gravelly soils are perfect for grape growing. Hartenberg is also in a privileged position to have a large underground cellar, where they are in the enviable position to allow their wines to mature in bottle before release.
As a leading member of the Biodiversity and Wine Initiative in South Africa, they have established various initiatives to protect the 170 hectares of natural wetland on the farm; to encourage the natural harmony and health in the vines and a sustainable future for the land. The Hartenberg social commitment is equally valued with sponsored crèche facilities and adult literacy classes provided for the 45 permanent cellar and vineyard staff.

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