The story of a remarkable Harvest

One day, long, long ago – the first vine was planted at Hartenberg Estate, and the gods smiled upon this piece of land which was to become one of the showpieces of the Stellenbosch Wine Route.  It was blessed with ample sun, bountiful rain and rich, fertile soils.

Fast forward to 2015 and the good fortune continues:  “The quality of the crop is remarkable!” reports an elated Carl.  Vintage 2015 was the earliest in recorded history.  We started three weeks early on January 15th, and finished harvest earlier by the same margin.  It was only the second work-free Easter weekend for the cellar crew in 22 vintages!

Former good vintages include 2009 and 2010, but what is remarkable about 2015, is that quality is exceptional for both whites and reds.  Factors contributing to the quality include a very dry and warm spring.  This means that flowering, and consequently fruit set, was above average.  Temperatures in general were cool, which positively influenced the colour of the reds, and intensified the flavour in both whites and reds.  The minimum and maximum average temperatures were lower than in 2013 and 2014, as well as the 40 year average.  The absence of the annual February heatwave was welcomed by humans and white grapes alike.