Hartenberg triumphs as only SA wine producer to win Gold in France
02 May 2012 by Hartenberg Estate
Hartenberg Estate has triumphed in the international arena as the only
South African producer to win a gold medal at the 2012 Les Grands
Concours du Monde in Strasbourg, France.
Widely regarded as one of South Africa’s finest Rhine Riesling producers, Hartenberg Estate clinched the gold medal in the Riesling du Monde section of this highly contested international competition. The annual event, which fosters the promotion of grape varieties throughout the globe, was judged by expert Old and New World wine tasters including oenologists, wine growers, sommeliers and wine critics.
The award winning Hartenberg 2010 vintage is the latest in a long line of acclaimed Rhine Rieslings crafted by celebrated winemaker Carl Schultz whose previous 2009 vintage won gold medals at the Five Nations Challenge in Australia and South Africa’s Veritas Awards. A Museum Class Trophy for the 1999 vintage at the 2010 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show, attests to the great ageing potential of Hartenberg Rieslings, which continue to improve for decades when matured under optimal conditions.
What made the 2010 Riesling vintage particularly enchanting at Hartenberg Estate, was the presence of Botrytis in 25% of the grapes, lending wonderful layers of richness and complexity to the wine. At the first encounter, delicate floral hints with spicy richness envelope the senses. On the palate, the wine shows layers of soft summer fruits finishing off with a lovely tropical zestiness.
“One of the most versatile of wines imparting immense, concentrated flavours with a wonderful velvety mouthfeel and a fine balance between the fruit and acidy, this is a quality wine that offers great value and food pairing possibilities,” says Carl, for whom a fine Riesling is one of life’s sublime pleasures, be they local or foreign.
This somewhat decadent wine pairs wonderfully with smoked trout terrine and Thai inspired foods as well as spicy local favourites such as bobotie and peri-peri chicken livers.
Hartenberg Riesling 2010 is available at leading wine outlets and fine dining establishments and sells at the cellar door at R60 per bottle.
Hartenberg Estate is situated on the Bottelary Road off the R304 to Stellenbosch. Open for tastings, picnic lunches and wetland walks from Mondays to Saturdays. Cellar tours are by appointment only. Contact Tel: 021 865 2541, Email: or visit firstname.lastname@example.org .
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