Jamie's Insanity Burger

Jamie's Insanity Burger
12 May 2015 • Awards
Insanity burger - Ultimate indulgence



800 g minced chuck steak
olive oil
1 large red onion
1 splash of white wine vinegar
2 large gherkins
4 sesame-topped brioche burger buns
4-8 rashers of smoked streaky bacon
4 teaspoons American mustard
Tabasco Chipotle sauce
4 thin slices of Red Leicester cheese
4 teaspoons tomato ketchup

For the burger sauce:

¼ of an iceberg lettuce
2 heaped tablespoons mayonnaise
1 heaped tablespoon tomato ketchup
1 teaspoon Tabasco Chipotle sauce
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon brandy, or bourbon (optional)



Competition for the best burger in London has gone mad. Some burgers are gourmet and piled high with toppings, whereas others are thinner, simpler, wrapped in paper, steamy and sloppy. All I can say is my insanity burger is going to be right up there – the method is almost ritualistic in what it requires you to do to get close to burger perfection. I've also used the brilliant technique of brushing the burgers with mustard and... read more »

Wines that Inspire - The Stork 2011

Wines that Inspire - The Stork 2011
12 May 2015 • General
Wines that Inspire - THE STORK 2011


The Stork Shiraz is named after Ken “The Stork” Mackenzie, benefactor of Hartenberg Wine Estate, farmer, businessman and a lanky RAF Spitfire pilot in World War II.  It is a limited volume, site specific wine - one of five Shirazes produced at Hartenberg.

Our track record proves that we are somewhat of an authority on Shiraz:  in 2012 we were awarded a Gold Medal and first place at the international Syrah Du Monde – effectively crowning our 2008 vintage as the best Shiraz in the world.  In 2014 we were awarded an international Gold Medal in Decanter magazine for the 2010 vintage.

The Stork 2011 reflects the rich elements of its deep-red, clay soils.  Layers of cocoa, dark red fruit and velvety tannins fill your mouth with deliciousness.  A vibrant finish leaves you to ponder whether the glass is half-full or... read more »

Wines that Inspire - The Mackenzie 2011

Wines that Inspire - The Mackenzie 2011
12 May 2015 • General
WINES THAT INSPIRE - The MacKenzie 2011     


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Aptly named for representing the Mackenzie family in a 400 year lineage of owners, this clan of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Malbec signifies the regeneration of Hartenberg and its offering - from vineyards and wines to picnics, lunches and community! 

The Hartenberg philosophy is that a team is stronger than the total of one.  You will agree when sipping this gorgeous savoury wine with beautiful depth, led by Cabernet Sauvignon. Petit Verdot, Merlot and Malbec completing the ensemble.

“I adore The Mackenzie’s textures and layers!  It loves umami flavours such as mushrooms and Parmesan and is perfect with a homemade beef burger – I can confidently recommend Jamie Oliver’s Insanity Burger” says Heleen.

Try the The Mackenzie, Jamie’s Insanity Burger, load shedding and a cold winter’s evening!

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The story of a remarkable Harvest.

The story of a remarkable Harvest.
12 May 2015 • General
The story of a remarkable Harvest


One day, long, long ago – the first vine was planted at Hartenberg Estate, and the gods smiled upon this piece of land which was to become one of the showpieces of the Stellenbosch Wine Route.  It was blessed with ample sun, bountiful rain and rich, fertile soils.

Fast forward to 2015 and the good fortune continues:  “The quality of the crop is remarkable!” reports an elated Carl.  Vintage 2015 was the earliest in recorded history.  We started three weeks early on January 15th, and finished harvest earlier by the same margin.  It was only the second work-free Easter weekend for the cellar crew in 22 vintages!

Former good vintages include 2009 and 2010, but what is remarkable about 2015, is that quality is exceptional for both whites and reds.  Factors contributing to the quality include a very dry and warm spring... read more »

Insights from Kobus

Insights from Kobus
12 May 2015 • General
Insights from Kobus


“An exhilarating ride it has been indeed – a great harvest, new vintages on two of our star wines, and my first introduction to the international world of wine.

I attended Prowein in Dusseldorf, Germany, and met with some of our best international agents abroad over a period of three weeks.  Not surprisingly, I gained a few insights:

The amount of wines we compete with internationally is simply immense
If the quality is right, and the product delivers on expectations, consumers are more than willing to try and buy SA wines at higher prices

I am excited about the possibilities for our wines in Europe, and was thrilled to see Gravel Hill and The Stork in Hedonism (Mayfair) and Harrods alongside an incredible range of international wines!  Both these shops offer an amazing wine experience so please be sure to pop in when next you visit London!

We... read more »
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