Sugar in Wine, The Great Misunderstanding

20 May 2015 • General
Sugar in Wine, The Great Misunderstanding

“I have a beautiful Riesling that would go great with your dinner.” “No thanks, I don’t like sweet wines. I will just have a Coke.”

A dialog that has played out countless times.

How many of us think that a Coke is less sweet than the average Riesling or sweet wine? Would you be surprised to learn that Coke has about the same level of sugar, at 108 g/L, as some of the sweetest dessert wines? For example, a 5 puttonyos Tokaji Aszu has 120 g/L of residual sugar (a 4 puttonyos has 90). By the way if you have never had a 5 puttonyos Tokaji, try one, they’re outstanding!

All of these wines (and the coke) taste sweet, but as you can see, sweetness is usually a matter of perception.

Sweetness is a perception. Bitterness, like the caffeine in colas, or tannins in... read more »

Zero Carbon Footprint Cork goes on Sale

20 May 2015 • General
Wine lovers now have a new way to seal their bottles as world's first zero carbon footprint cork goes on sale at Waitrose


Select Bio cork is said to be world's first zero carbon footprint wine closure

It is made from plant-based biopolymer derived from Brazilian sugar cane

Gives wine drinkers a third option in the traditional cork v screw-top debate

Latter criticised for releasing up to 25 times more CO2 than traditional cork


Wine lovers everywhere could finally have the answer to the cork versus screw-top debate.

Whether a wine bottle should have a traditional cork or the more convenient, yet environmentally unfriendly screw-top has become a favourite middle-class discussion point at the dinner table.

But with the creation of what has been billed as the world's first carbon-neutral, fully recyclable third option - now on sale at Waitrose - wine drinkers may have the best of both worlds.

World first: The... read more »

How to taste Wine

How to taste Wine
14 May 2015 • Awards
How to Taste Wine


So, want to learn how to taste and evaluate a glass of wine like an expert? Easy. Follow our wine tasting tips below—but before you start sipping, make sure you’re in the right tasting environment. Here's what that means:

Good Tasting Conditions

First things first: Make note of the circumstances surrounding your wine tasting experience that may affect your impressions of the win. For instance, a noisy or crowded room makes concentration difficult. Cooking smells, perfume and even pet odor can destroy your ability to get a clear sense of a wine’s aromas. A glass that is too small, the wrong shape, or smells of detergent or dust, can also affect the wine’s flavor.

The temperature of the wine will also have an impact on your impressions, as will the age of the wine and any residual flavors from whatever else you've been... read more »

How to spot a good shiraz

12 May 2015 • General

With Hartenberg's Feast of Shiraz & Charcuterie coming up end of May, I chatted to Hartenberg winemaker Carl Schultz on the ins and outs of this bold red.


Carl Schultz is winemaker at Hartenberg Estate, widely regarded as one of South Africa’s oldest and leading producers of Shiraz for more than 40 years. The Hartenberg Feast of Shiraz and Charcuterie is a wine-lovers highlight, where Carl hand-picks a select group of winemakers to showcase their wines. I tracked Carl down to learn more about this bold red wine.

What can you expect to smell and taste in a typical Shiraz? A whole range of diffferent aromas and smells. Depending on which soils or region the vineyards grow in, one can find aromas described as dark-fruited like cassis, pums, cherries and violets, to descriptors like white or black pepper, spices and earthy characters. Shiraz has a lower natural... read more »

Taste Winter at Hartenberg

Taste Winter at Hartenberg
12 May 2015 • General
Taste Winter at Hartenberg


“In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer” - Albert Camus. 

We eagerly await the arrival of winter with its many pleasures – time for reflection; time to be quiet; time for wonderful wines, crackling fires and lazy lunches.

Our heart-warming Winter Menu features a Banter’s Delight (Fish and Prawn Pie with Cauliflower Puree), not-so-skinny Sirloin with café de Paris butter & skinny fries, and Panko Crumbed Pork-neck bathed in a whole-grain mustard sauce.  Lip-smacking stuff, so hurry up winter, we say!

We are delighted to announce our new Tasting Menu!  Choose a three or four course menu, including an accompanying glass of Hartenberg wine with each course, at R195 per person, or R245 per person respectively.

We will most definitely not hibernate this winter!  Instead, we look forward to welcoming you to enjoy winter with us at... read more »
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