Cultivar: 100% Shiraz
As luck would have it, Shiraz grapes love poor, gravelly soil – just the kind of soil we have in abundance on parts of our farm. The kind you need to produce world-beating Shiraz. This was another excellent vintage for the growing of red wines in Stellenbosch, with hot, dry weather resulting in small and concentrated berries. Grapes were hand-picked and, after crushing, only 20% of the juice was drawn off for use in this wine. This juice was cold soaked overnight, then two Rhone-sourced yeasts were inoculated. The oak component was made up of 100% French.
Once again, Nature has smiled upon us because the very same vineyards on Hartenberg with the perfect soils for Shiraz, also have the perfect weather for it.