Wine aficionadas can look forward to adding to their collection with the new release Gravel Hill Shiraz 2008 from the award-winning Hartenberg Estate, situated in the heart of the Stellenbosch Winelands. Already rated as an award-winning wine having received 94 points from esteemed wine journalist Tim Atkins MW and a Gold medal at this year’s Syrah Du Monde, held annually in France.
Previous vintages have also ensured a good track record of awards receiving worldwide recognition from the likes of Wine Spectator (93 points for the 2004 vintage), with the 2006 vintage receiving a score of 91 points from respected wine journalist Robert Parker, and a 5-star rating from Vic Harrington in Canada.
On the local front the 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 were consistent in receiving a 4½-star rating from the authoritative and internationally recognized Platter’s South African Wine Guide. The 2008 vintage forged dark, concentrated and rich wines, yet having a fine thread of elegance.
The Gravel Hill represents the pinnacle of cellar master Carl Schultz’s winemaking prowess and is the 13th vintage of this single vineyard offering. As in previous vintages Carl estimates optimal drinking at 10-20 years from vintage.
A Shiraz that is unique in character, quality and expression, winemaker Carl Schultz describes the wine as being dark-centred and a black-red with a ruby rim in colour, displaying elegant black fruit with violets, cloves, black pepper and smokiness on the nose. On the palate the wine shows sweet ripe fruit with spicy oak, resulting in a lingering savoury finish. The perfect wine to enjoy with fillet of kudu with a red wine jus, rare roast sirloin or a wild mushroom risotto. Available directly from the farm or through specialist wine stores, the Gravel Hill Shiraz retails for approximately R550.00 per bottle.
For more information visit www.hartenbergestate.com.