It’s the Gravel Hill Shiraz from Hartenberg which supposedly represents the pinnacle of what this Stellenbsoch property can achieve but in recent times, The Stork Shiraz (off clay-rich soils) has run it close and the newly released 2012 (R495 a bottle) is a stonker.
Matured for 19 months in 100% French oak, it’s big (14.78% abv) but balanced. Red and black berries, pepper and spice on nose and palate. Really great fruit concentration means all that oak is effortlessly integrated – it’s dense yet not short of freshness while tannins are firm but fine making for a dry but not astringent finish. A great riposte to the light and pretty wines of the Swartland.