Tenacity Limited Edition Malbec 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 Malbec is made from grapes picked in the cool of the early morning to preserve the freshness of the big, juicy berries. Matured in expensive new French oak barrels for 20 months, this has the feel of an Argentine Malbec ramped up by the South African sun. Wonderfully aromatic, it pulses with dark fruits, plum crumble and violets. On the decadent-feeling palate, it’s plush and juicy with notes of crème de cassis, sour cherry and vanilla cream. Clearly a wine with great ageing potential, we recommend decanting this a couple of hours before drinking and serving it with game, roasted aubergine, lamb tagine or a rich ragù. Only 143 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.: 3463418
Style No.: 885250
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