The Stellenbosch Viticultural Choir sings the Cabernet Sauvignon song which includes the Appellation, and the variety become entrenched in one’s mind as a partner to the Stellenbosch region. There are some stunning Cabernets in Stellenbosch, the Hartenberg Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 by Carl Schultz being one of them.
The grapes for the much awarded Hartenberg Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 are harvested on the estate and given tender care during the elevation in the cellar, which includes 20 months of maturation in 60% new, 20% second fill, and 10% third fill French oak barrels. The wine is then prepared for bottling.
From a Bordeaux shaped bottle, close with natural cork. The label is classic Hartenberg with an etching of the Manor House on the label. In the glass, the wine is a deep opaque bloodplum at the heart which pales out to ruby at the edges. The aromas are all about berries, blackcurrants and dark cherries and raspberries. There is a golden thread of refreshing acidity which runs through from entry, through the full and generous mid-palate and into the long and lingering aftertaste. The tannins are cashmere clad and there is an undertow of the oak and its concomitant spices.
The Hartenberg Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 is such a perfect food wine and will grace any Traditional Sunday Roast with its presence. However, should you, midweek, feel like a great bottle, a well-cooked supper dish like Alida Ryder’s Lamb Ragu with Cauliflower Gnocchi is an excellent partner. Click HERE for her recipe.
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