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RisCura Red Hot Wine Awards 2016 results

Results of the second annual RisCura Red Hot Wine Awards featuring Bordeaux-style red blends as made in South Africa are now out. 59 entries from 46 producers were received and these were tasted blind (labels out of site) by the three-person panel, scoring done according to the 100-point quality scale. Wines to rate 90 points […]

June 22, 2016
by Christian
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Hartenberg The Stork Shiraz 2012

It’s the Gravel Hill Shiraz from Hartenberg which supposedly represents the pinnacle of what this Stellenbsoch property can achieve but in recent times, The Stork Shiraz (off clay-rich soils) has run it close and the newly released 2012 (R495 a bottle) is a stonker. Matured for 19 months in 100% French oak, it’s big (14.78% […]

December 19, 2015
by Christian
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Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage 2005

In the quest for elegance and finesse, do South Africa’s new-wave reds sacrifice mid-palate and texture? That was at least one of the topics of conversation during a benchmark tasting (sighted) of 12 examples of Shiraz/Syrah from the 2005 vintage hosted by Hartenberg Estate in Stellenbosch yesterday. A wide variety of styles on show but […]

November 19, 2015
by Christian
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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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