On Friday, the launch of the maiden vintage 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon from Bartinney in the Banghoek ward of Stellenbosch. The wine spent 12 months in French oak, 30% new and comes across as medium- to full-bodied with dark fruit and smooth tannins. In a word, “understated”. Total production is 1 000 cases and price per bottle is R130.
With neighbours like Delaire Graff, Thelema and Tokara, all involved at Bartinney must have ambitions of making Cabernet Sauvignon of excellence at some point, but winemaker Therese de Beer is not inclined to oversell the 2009 describing it as a “first draft”. By the same token owner Michael Jordaan (whose day job is heading up First National Bank) seems prepared for the long haul, suggesting that his business plan for Bartinney is “hazy”, the involvement of him and his wife Rose in the property more about “a belief system”.
Bartinney has been in and out of the Jordaan family for a while now, first acquired by Michael’s grandfather in the early 1950s, sold by his father in 1997 and re-acquired by Michael in 2006. Rose and De Beer are dedicated to establishing the property’s green credentials, and have already succeeded in obtaining official carbon neutral accreditation while a 17ha pine and gum plantation has been replaced by indigenous trees and fynbos contributing to Biodiversity and Wine Initiative Champion status being received in September 2010. The business plan might not be fully formed just yet but there’s plenty of serious endeavour in evidence.