Australian wine adventure

Australian wine adventure
3 November 2015 • Awards
In May this year James Browne found himself in South Australia. The first week was taken up with bird-watching in rural areas, whilst the balance of the trip was visiting cellar doors. Other than the generous welcome at the wineries the similarity to the Hartenberg wine-tasting offering ended there. The preference at the Australian wineries was for a stand-up bar counter service rather than our relaxed sit-down. I presume that this might have been introduced due to the sheer numbers of visitors that they receive during holidays, weekends and festivals. It makes for a very different experience with the winery though. Throughout the trip the grape varieties that gave the greatest pleasure, and which provide the memories, were the white ones. Amongst many that we either tasted or drunk the Mayhem & Co. Riesling Freak #13, the Radford Riesling Quartz 2013, the Hahndorf Hill Gruner... read more »

New labels

New labels
3 November 2015 • Awards
Earlier this year we held a brand survey to which we received some really constructive feedback, thank you. One of the conclusions was that our labels needed some tweaking. The process has begun and can be seen on some wines from December on-wards. Our industry evolves continuously and it was our challenge to see how we could refresh our labels without losing what our brand stands for.

Wine tasting, lunch and more.

Wine tasting, lunch and more.
3 November 2015 • Awards
As you know the non-Auction versions of these wines receive the same focussed attention in the vineyard and cellar and we invite you to taste what is available at the Tasting Room, which is open seven days a week through summer for your convenience. However those who can’t make it don’t despair. You are now able to purchase our wines online at www.hartenbergestate.com. Though, should you be heading to Hartenberg and  are  fortunate to find yourself here over lunchtime you will be offered the choice of our picnic basket packed with  locally-sourced delights or,  our delicious, summer-inspired a la carte menu. There is an under-12 kid-friendly-menu available on request as well. Needless to say, bookings are advisable to avoid disappointment. As an added incentive to stay for lunch, over the next twelve months we will be serving the winning #Hartenburger created by customer, Braam Beyers,... read more »

Auction Shiraz

Auction Shiraz
30 October 2015 • Awards
With the arrival of Spring comes Auction season, being the Nederburg and The Cape Winemakers Guild respectively. Our success story at both continues to be Shiraz. At the former The Stork 2007 achieved an average of R1576 a bottle and, at the latter Carl’s  Auction Shiraz 2013 (a unique blend of Gravel Hill and Stork vineyards) achieved an average of R2089 a bottle, and his Auction Reserve Merlot 2013 the price of R912 a bottle. It is reassuring that small parcels of our quality fine wines have followers at home and abroad.

Sugarbirds and Proteas

Sugarbirds and Proteas
26 October 2015 • General
Driving onto Hartenberg it is very clear which season has arrived. Everything is in flower from vines to fynbos and for the first time ever Cape Sugarbirds have been seen amongst the proteas. Nature has a habit of carrying on regardless however we have had 35% less rainfall than the long term average.

A combination of global warming and the onset of what is predicted as the most significant el Nino in measured history. Fortunately Hartenberg is prepared for conditions like this as we have the ability to judiciously apply drip irrigation, if the summer provides no further rain.

The upside to this is that the dry conditions are very conducive to successful flowering, in that the vineyards are wind pollinated. Coupled with ever-present light winds the dry pollen is easily transported, thereby ensuring a good potential crop. Looking ahead we hope for a warm, dry to... read more »
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