Hartenberg Estate, The Eleanor Chardonnay 2019
Named after the matriarch of the Finlayson family, who owned Hartenberg between 1948 and 1977. She was said to be strong and resolute in character, yet always sophisticated and poised – much like this Chardonnay.
Citrus, lanolin, hay and tropical fruits on the nose with subtle toasted brioche notes. On the palate, it’s plush and rich on entry, yet shows a fine acidity which balances the wine perfectly.
A restrained elegance and lingering aftertaste completes the wine.
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.
Oysters, scallops, risotto, line-fish, cheeses.