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Decanter World Wine Awards 2014: Results


The Decanter World Wine Awards 2014 have just been announced. The competition attracted 15 007 entries and the following South African wines featured: International Trophies Bordeaux Varietals under £15 – Hartenberg Cabernet Sauvignon … [Read more...]

Rudi Schultz Syrah 2009

As rare as unicorn droppings.

That blood is thicker than water was demonstrated last night when the four Schultz brothers employed at three different cellars combined to host a dinner at Aubergine restaurant in Cape Town. Carl is winemaker at Hartenberg, Rudi at Thelema and … [Read more...]

Hartenberg Gravel Hill Shiraz 2007

Full throttle.

To mark Carl Schultz’s 20th anniversary as winemaker at Hartenberg in Stellenbosch, a tasting of six vintages of the ultra-premium Grave Hill Shiraz. From a particular 3.8ha site planted on low-potential koffieklip, vines give few bunches, the … [Read more...]

Hartenberg Merlot 2009

Carefully judged.

Achieving decent Merlot under local conditions is tricky, but if anyone’s got a handle on it, then it’s Carl Schultz of Hartenberg in Stellenbosch. He won the 2005 Diners Club Winemaker of the Year Award with his 2004 and the 2009 (R125 a bottle) is … [Read more...]

Boekenhoutskloof Syrah 2009


During this past weekend’s Wine Tasting Academy, every sort of Shiraz from Hartenberg Gravel Hill 2007 through Kalleske Pirathon Shiraz 2006 from Barossa, Craggy Range Block 14 Gimblett Gravels Vineyard 2005 from Hawkes Bay and Rostaing La Landonne … [Read more...]

Christian Eedes Chardonnay Report 2012: Top 10 Wines


The second annual Christian Eedes Chardonnay Report presented in conjunction with Sanlam Private Investments is now out. This involved putting together a line-up of 60 high-profile wines, either currently available or soon to be released,  and then … [Read more...]