Tenacity Limited Edition Mourvèdre 2017
Now here’s an experimental wine with an intriguing story…
Tenacity is a range of limited-edition wines from Hartenberg Family Vineyards in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Each year their Cellar Master, Carl Shultz, creates a few candidates for the Cape Winemakers Guild Auction, an exclusive members-only auction of rare and unique wines. However, wines for the CWG Auction undergo rigorous screening by an independent laboratory and a blind tasting panel, so only a handful get through. The ones that aren’t selected are bottled under the Tenacity label in tiny quantities. Most of them go into restaurants, but we’ve managed to catch a few cases. These persistent, resolute and determined wines showcase the pinnacle of what Hartenberg Family Vineyards can do.
Tenacity Mourvèdre is made from grapes picked in the cool of the early morning to preserve the freshness of the big, juicy berries. It was matured in expensive new French oak barrels for 18 months. What we love about this one, is that it represents a rare opportunity to taste a grape that is usually blended, given the fine wine treatment as a single varietal. The nose is deliciously meaty, with notes of rose petals and exotic spices. It instantly sets the mind wandering to harissa and tagine. On the palate, it’s plush, elegant and sophisticatedly savoury. Consider pairing it with game, wild mushrooms, vegetables roasted with harissa, tagine or a slow-cooked ragù with a pinch of fennel or star anise. Only 135 cases were made and with a little tenacity, we managed to secure ten of them. So, don’t miss out.
Hartenberg Family Vineyards can be found nestled on the slopes of the Bottelary Hills in Stellenbosch. The site was recognised as a fine one for vines back in 1692. In Tim Atkin MW’s Special Report South Africa 2021, he awarded them ‘First Growth status’ for the fourth consecutive year, singling them out as one of the country’s greatest wineries.
£5.07 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 3463417
Style No.: 885249
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