Another win for Hartenberg Wine Estate!

1. 2012 Hartenberg The Eleanor Chardonnay.  2.  2010 Hartenberg Shiraz
1. 2012 Hartenberg The Eleanor Chardonnay. 2. 2010 Hartenberg Shiraz

Reaffirming its position as one of the industry leaders Hartenberg Wine Estate in Stellenbosch has been awarded two Gold medals at The 2014 International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC). These were awarded to the 2010Hartenberg Shiraz and the 2012 Hartenberg The Eleanor Chardonnay. The results were announced on 10 September at the Beautiful South Tasting at Olympia, London.

At the same competition Hartenberg was also awarded two Outstanding Silver awards for the 2012 Chardonnay and 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as an additional six silver medals.

Established in 1969, The IWSC was the first competition of its kind, set up to seek out, reward and promote the world’s best wines, spirits and liqueurs. Now in its 45th year, The IWSC’s relentless pursuit of excellence underpins every aspect of the competition today.

What sets the IWSC apart is the formidable reputation of its judging process. Their panels of carefully selected industry experts comprise Masters of Wine, buyers, sommeliers, WSET qualified educators and respected wine journalists. Every single wine is assessed on its own merits within the context of its class.

Currently receiving entries from around 90 countries, the IWSC is truly international in its reach and recognition. Their partners around the world work throughout the year to drive awareness and promote winners to both trade and consumer audiences.

This latest accolade follows hot on the heels of The International Trophy for Best Bordeaux Varietals entered at the 2014 Decanter World Wine Awards, awarded to the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon. Earlier this year a Gold medal was awarded to the 2010 Merlot at the 21st Concours Mondial de Bruxelles.

Winemaker Carl Schultz describes the 2010 Hartenberg Shiraz as being a saturated deep black-red colour with elegant aromas of spices, violets and berries. The palate is rich and silky with soft ripe tannins that give structure. The perfect wine to enjoy with Coriander flavoured Boerewors on the braai, Karoo Lamb Chops, or a meat based Risotto sautéed with Mushrooms. Also works just as well with Pork or Veal Chops. Available directly from the farm or from select retail outlets at R130 per bottle.

Named after the matriarch of the Finalyson family who, with her husband Maurice, owned Hartenberg Wine Estate (then known as Montagne) from 1948 to 1977, Carl describes the 2012 The Eleanor Chardonnay as displaying creamy citrus, nutty and mineral elderflower flavours with a refreshing acidity. An elegant wine with a persistent finish. Works beautifully paired with Oysters, Scallop and Chardonnay Risotto with a Basil Cream Sauce, Cape Line Fish or flavourful Cheeses. Available directly from the farm or from select retail outlets at R210 per bottle.

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