Hartenberg The Stork Shiraz 2012
By Christian Eedes, 19 December 2015
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.