Hartenberg Estate, Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
In Tim Atkin’s South Africa 2021 report he describes Hartenberg’s regular estate releases as ‘…some of the best value in Stellenbosch…’ and we couldn’t agree more.
A great expression of Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine marries vibrant dark fruit with aromas of tobacco, cedar wood and mint.
The generous use of oak, with 50% new French barrels, and granular tannins, pave the way for a lengthy finish.
WINEMAKER’S TASTING NOTES
Textbook Cab – all lead pencil, wood spice, cigar box, cassis, plums and violets on the bouquet. Cedary, sandalwood flavours mingle in an opulent, plush palate. Palate feel is complex and multi-layered ending with fine grainy tannins. Made to keep.
Nestled in a valley on the free-draining, north-eastern slopes of the Bottelary Hills in Stellenbosch, Hartenberg enjoys a Mediterranean climate of warm, dry summers and cold, wet winters.
The vineyards face north, west, and east, with varietals planted to take advantage of either morning or afternoon sun. There is a difference in altitude of some 250 metres between the northern and southern vineyards.
Excellent with grilled ribeye steak. A classic match for richer savoury dishes, venison or black mushroom stroganoff.