Hartenberg Merlot 2017 Bottle size: 750ml

South Africa, Stellenbosch
R200
In stock
(Only 12 left)
93
TA
New
'Released after the 2018 Merlot - reviewed last year - this is tighter and more focused and shows the quality of the vintage. Made with three clones - Mo38, 343 and 348 - it's minty, earthy and complex, with effortless concentration, taut acidity and fine tannins. Drink 2022-29.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2021, 93/100

'Rhubarb & dark chocolate whiffs envelop deep-piled raspberry, cherry & plum fruit in 2017. Harmonious tannins buffed 20 months in oak, 40% new, give balance & spice undertones. More complex, satisfying than 2016 (3.5 stars, 85 pts). Magnums available.' – Platter's Guide, 4.5* (92/100)

'The nose shows Rhubarb and dark chocolate whiffs. The palate is flush with flavours of plums and dark chocolate, with silky soft tannins that finish in a refined elegance.' – Winemaker
More Information
Condition New
Alcohol 14.5%
Body Medium-bodied
Blend information 100% Merlot
Drink to Drink or cellar
Variety Merlot
Rating TA 93
Technical analysis RS: 1.9 g/L | TA: 5.5 g/L | PH: 3.48
Producer information Hartenberg is situated in its own self-contained valley on the slopes of the Bottelary Hills in Stellenbosch. It was created 30 years ago and has come a long way since its original poor parcel of dry gravelly soil. Hartenberg was one of the first South African estates to separately vinify grapes from a particular terroir. The 170-hectare property has a pure water source running through it, and a number of birds and animals which call Hartenberg their home. As such, the owners and staff have accepted responsibility for the conservation of the property through considered and sustainable use of all natural resources and various environmental initiatives.
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