As luck would have it, Shiraz grapes love poor, gravelly soil - just the kind of soil in abundance on parts of the Hartenberg farm. The kind you need to produce world-beating Shiraz. 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 Rhone-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.
2013 Gold Outstanding IWSC 2016
2012 Veritas 2015 Gold Medal Winner, 91 points Tim Atkin, 4 stars Platter's SA Wine Guide
2011 91 points Tim Atkin, 4 stars Platter's SA Wine Guide 2015
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)
2008 4 stars Platter's SA Wine Guide
2006 Gold medal & best new world wine Expovino (Switzerland), 4½ stars Platter's SA Wine Guide
2005 4½ stars Platter's SA Wine Guide
2004 Gold medal Syrah Du Monde (France), 4½ stars Platter's SA Wine Guide
2003 4½ stars Platter's SA Wine Guide, Gold SA Veritas, Gold Swiss Airlines
Maturation: Up to 12 years from vintage
Alcohol: 14,74% by volume
Residual Sugar: 2.4 g/l
Total Acid: 6.4 g/l
Great pairing with Karoo lamb, a delicious home-made beef burger with grilled cheddar topping or mushroom risotto.
Deep black - red in colour and spicy, earthy notes on bouquet entry. Also cloves, red and black berry fruit. The palate is rich , fruit-driven and has great balance. Fine, powdery tannins finish the wine.