Hartenberg Estate, Chardonnay, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 2018
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A long time favourite of ours at VG towers. Hand picked in the early morning to retain maximum freshness, Hartenberg`s Chardonnay harmonises the richness of oak and vanilla with light bursts of citrus fruit. Five different clones are grown in the vineyard and three strains of yeast in the winery bring complexity to this buttery wine, while lees stirring adds even more depth.
Established in 1692, Hartenberg Estate should need little introduction, as one of South Africa`s oldest wineries with one of the most respected winemakers in the Western Cape at its helm. This man, cellar master Carl Schultz, has been in residence at Hartenberg and making these wines for over 20 years now. A quiet, gentle man, Carl has a deep connection to the terroir as well as an uncompromising commitment to quality. His wines are consistently pure, elegant and terroir-driven.