Stork's Flight Winter 2019

24 May 2019
Stork's Flight Winter 2019

The Stork 2015 and our Estate Shiraz 2016 were both awarded Gold in the internationally acclaimed Syrah Du Monde this week, with The Stork placing in the Top 4. Hartenberg scooped 2 of just 4 Golds awarded to South Africa (only 15 Gold medals were awarded internationally in the 2019 competition). Incredibly this is the third time a vintage of The Stork Shiraz has listed in the International Top Ten. The other vintages were 2008, which placed 1st (in 2012) and the 2005, which placed 3rd (in 2007).


This news comes hot on the heels of the Sommelier Wine Awards who awarded a Gold medal to The Stork 2015:


Annamaria Juhasz of The Fat Duck was a big advocate of this unanimous Gold Lister, saying: ‘The wine shines with a nose of black fruits and eucalypatus; this feels young, vibrant and very complex with notes of citrus peel and bramble, and with blackberries on the palate. It’s a beautiful example of South Africa – still at the youthful stage but with lots of potential.’ Team leader Angela Reddin was also a fan, praising the ‘lifted, bright, plummy fruit cordial notes; the liquorice spice’, and adding: ‘Still the fruit holds itself; layering over the tannins and riding the acid like a racehorse.’ A wine of ‘subtle and elegant power’ concluded Joseph Lunn of Suave Wine.

As we enter winter in the Cape what could be more fitting than shining a spotlight on Shiraz, and our Shiraz has certainly been shining.


We were recognised by the UK trade yet again in The Wine Merchant Top 100 Wines for 2019.The Stork 2015 rated as only one of five SA wines to make the Top 100.  The Eleanor Chardonnay 2016 narrowly missed a Top 100 spot, but was “ Highly Commended”. Panel Chair, Angela Reddin remarked, ”The quality is really coming through here and the styles were extremely well–defined as South African, which is brilliant. When it [The Stork and another] comes you knew it was a hand of a master making them“.  




Now where can you get our Shiraz!

The Stork 2015Hartenberg Shiraz 2016 and The Eleanor 2016 are all available via our online shop as well as at our Cellar Door.

If you are visiting our estate, book for lunch and enjoy our legendary Steak & Shiraz dish this Winter - a glass of 2016 Hartenberg Shiraz served with steak, pomme purée and a red wine & plum sauce.


We are open 7 days a week for wine tasting, and Wednesday to Sunday for lunch and we look forward to welcoming you soon.

As always, warm wishes in wine,

The Hartenberg Team