The Stork

The StorkShiraz 2015

HOW The Stork got its name


The Stork Shiraz honours the late Ken Mackenzie, pilot, businessman, farmer and benefactor.  Stork was Ken’s Second World War nickname (as he was tall with long thin legs and a Spitfire pilot) and Shiraz was his preferred red wine.

This limited volume wine represents a vineyard selection of Shiraz from a specific site that is planted solely on clay–rich "terra rossa" type soils. The vineyard ripens a full month later than our Gravel Hill Shiraz site.

Shiraz is the cultivar that has made Hartenberg famous, and The Stork will ensure this reputation continues.


  • 2015 vintage Gold medal Sommelier Wine Awards 2019 
  • 2015 vintage Wine Merchant Magazine Top 100 
  • 2015 vintage Gold medal 2019 Syrah Du Monde (placed in the top 4)
  • 2015 vintage 4 ½ stars (94 points) Platter’s SA Wine Guide
  • 2014 vintage  96 pts Tim Atkin SA Wine Report
  • 2014 vintage   4 ½ stars Platter’s SA Wine Guide
  • 2013   94 points Tim Atkin, 93 points Robert Parker, 4½ stars Platter's SA Wine Guide
  • 2012   93 points Tim Atkin, 4½ stars Platter's SA Wine Guide
  • 2011   93 points Tim Atkin SA Wine Report (June 2015), 92 points Robert Parker, 4½ stars Platter's SA Wine Guide
  • 2010   4½ stars Platter's SA Wine Guide, Gold Medal Decanter (2014)
  • 2009   Silver medal 2013 Syrah Du Monde France
  • 2008   Gold Medal 2012 Syrah Du Monde and first place- best Shiraz in the world
  • 2007   91 points Robert Parker, 5 stars Vic Harrington (Canada), 92 points Wine Pioneers, 4½ stars Platter's SA Wine Guide
  • 2006   Gold Medal Syrah Du Monde France, 4½ stars Platter's SA Wine Guide
  • 2005   5 stars Decanter Magazine, 3rd best Syrah Du Monde (France), 91+ points Wine Spectator & Wine Enthusiast, 5 stars Platter's SA Wine Guide
  • 2004   5 stars Platter's SA Wine Guide, 90 points Wine Spectator
  • 2003   91 points Wine Spectator, IWSC Gold Medal, Double Gold SA Veritas, Michaelangelo Red Wine of the year



  • Barrel Ageing  18 months in 90% new French oak barrels, 10% 2nd fill
  • Alcohol  14,29 % by volume
  • Residual Sugar   2.6 g/l
  • Total Acid  5.9 g/l
  • pH  3.46

Food Pairing

Dijon & herb-crusted rack of Lamb served with a simple jus.

Tasting note

Voluptuous aromas of ripe dark and red fruit combine with spicy notes on the bouquet. The palate shows an abundance of berry flavours, smooth, silky tannins and a bold finish.

Independent Tasting Note

"... decadent, almost ostentatious bouquet of macerated dark cherries, creme de cassis, plum and glycerine...palate is full-bodied with silky smooth, seamless tannins and layers of luscious red fruits. For hedonists, this is the perfect Shiraz!" (NM) Robert Parker



R 700.00 per bottle
R 4,200.00 per case of 6

All deliveries of 24 bottles or more within South Africa will be free of charge.