Hartenberg Estate, Riesling, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 2018Regular price £12.50
Hartenberg Estate have long been a favourite of ours at VG, consistently producing outstanding wine at unrivalled value. The Riesling is a brilliant example of one of those wines. The nose is very Riesling. Chalky, flinty, limey, pithy; all the usual suspects.
The palate however feels a bit different. There is a surprising weight and nice texture (owed to some lees ageing). The fruits feel big and opulent with enormous concentration of flavour that almost gives the impression of sweetness, before the very long, dry finish becomes obvious.
The estate suggest that the wine will age up to 5 more years in bottle. Why wait? It's drinking beautifully now.