Hartenberg Shiraz 2007
By Christian Eedes, 31 May 2011
The tendency when considering local Shiraz is to see it either in terms of the “Rhône” (medium bodied with aromas and flavours of red fruit and pepper) or “Barossa” (full-bodied, concentrated black fruit). Dare I suggest that Hartenberg Shiraz is “South African”? The 2007 has intense dark fruit (usually associated with the New World) but great structural integrity thanks to firm but fine tannins and a savoury edge on the finish (more reminiscent of the Old World) so ends up being very much its own beast. The use of oak is noticeable (22 months in French, 50% new) but not discordant.