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Hartenberg Cabernet Sauvignon 2003

“Cabernet Sauvignon is the ‘underdog variety’ relative to Shiraz at Hartenberg,” says winemaker Carl Schultz before presenting a multi-vintage tasting of the wine. That might be so, but it didn’t stop the 2010 vintage from winning the international trophy for Bordeaux varietals under £15 at this year’s Decanter World Wine Awards. Wines on show yesterday [...]

November 25, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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Interview: Carl Schultz of Hartenberg

From the October issue of Business Day WANTED: Now 49, Carl Schultz celebrated 20 years at renowned Stellenbosch farm Hartenberg last year and wears the mantle of “elder statesman” well. He is probably best known for his Shiraz – he makes no fewer than four versions of this variety – but his other wines are [...]

October 6, 2014
by Christian Eedes
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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 2010 Chardonnay over £15 – Jordan Chardonnay 2013 Sauvignon Blanc under £15 – Paul Cluver Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Sweet under £15 – [...]

June 24, 2014
by Christian
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Rudi Schultz Syrah 2009

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 Gunter at Kleinood (which produces wines under the Tamboerskloof label) while Werner is viticulturist at [...]

August 15, 2013
by Christian
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Hartenberg Gravel Hill Shiraz 2007

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 berries unusually small. The vineyard is picked over a broad two or three week period to accommodate variations [...]

June 24, 2013
by Christian
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Hartenberg Merlot 2009

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 another fine offering. Whereas some of the Hartenberg reds are [...]

May 2, 2013
by Christian
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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 2000 from the Côte-Rôtie. With my conception of what the variety is capable of as finely calibrated [...]

January 22, 2013
by Christian
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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 subjecting them to a blind tasting. The top 10 wines were as follows: FIVE STARS Jordan Barrel Fermented [...]

October 3, 2012
by Christian
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