Hartenberg’s Gravel Hill Shiraz earns Gold

Known for producing award-winning Shiraz wines, Hartenberg Wine Estate in Stellenbosch has another reason to celebrate.

The estate’s Gravel Hill Shiraz 2012 was awarded Gold at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA), with the soon to be released Gravel Hill Shiraz 2013 receiving Gold at the Syrah du Monde International Competition.

The 11th annual Syrah du Monde International Competition results were announced earlier this month which saw a panel of international judges tasting 372 Syrah/Shiraz wines from 26 countries. The Top 10 ranking saw South Africa and Australia secure the first two places with France, Bulgaria, Mexico and Canada hot on their heels. The Gravel Hill Shiraz 2013, which will be ready for release at the end of this year, was only one of 33 wines to receive the prestigious Gold medal.

Not to be outdone by the younger ‘sibling’ the Gravel Hill Shiraz 2012 earned Gold at the Decanter World Wine Awards, which was announced in London on 25 May. The judging panel comprised 219 experts who tasted 17 200 entries. The panel included 65 Masters of Wine and 20 Master Sommeliers. All the wines at DWWA were blind tasted against their peers and by the panel in a particular region or style.

Cellar Master Carl Schultz describes the 2012 vintage as displaying a beautiful perfumed bouquet of cherry, ripe plum and hints of spice. The rich palate shows aniseed, olive tapenade, some tobacco notes and a lingering, savoury finish. Without a doubt, a collector’s item the wine is perfect on its own or partners brilliantly with a fillet of kudu with a red wine jus or a wild mushroom risotto. Available directly from the Tasting Room at R595 or select specialist wine stores.

For more information visit www.hartenberg.com.

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