Oct 12 2011

Bartho’s white does it again

Published by at 12:22 pm under South Africa,Top Stories,Uncategorized

Winemaker Bartho Eksteen and Hermanuspietersfontein (HPF) did it again! After being crowned Diners Club Winemaker of the Year in 2010 for his 2009 Sauvignon Blanc, the Platter Wine Guide now awarded Eksteen 5 stars for his 2010 Sauvignon Blanc. Two top achievements in less than two years – not bad. 

Three, in fact, if last year’s 5 stars are also added in. All about that here.

Few SA wine estates have achieved this triple. And many older, higher-profile players (from which much was expected) haven’t (yet) had similar runs of success. I think of Tokara – a name one associates more with the restaurant than the wine. Yes, it also got 5 stars last night, but my impression is HPF has achieved more, quicker. (It’s been around only 5 years! More about that here.) But, I may be wrong.

Back to London and the Cape Wine Europe Show 2011, where Platter announced it had awarded 5 stars to 45 wines in the 2012 Guide (due out next month). The full list here. That number is down from about 50 wines in the 2011 Guide.

“What makes the Sauvignon Blanc Nr. 5 unique, is the fact that all the grapes used in making it comes from our BWI Champion Conservation farm in the Sondagskloof,” wrote Gerard Scholtz, HPF media contact person, in his media statement.

Read all about the BWI here.

“The full-bodied Sauvignon Blanc spent 10 months in new-, second- and third-fill French oak barrels, and four months maturing in the bottle, before it was released. Earlier this year the same wine was included in the list of South Africa’s Top 100 Wines,” wrote Scholtz.

“The Platter 5-star award confirmed its status as one of the best Sauvignon Blancs around today. Clearly, there is something to our farm philosophy (Good earth makes better wines),” added Bartho Eksteen.

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  1. Johan Pretoriuson 24 Oct 2011 at 5:13 pm

    The wine was also on top of the list of Jancis Robinson favourites (Sunday Times, London, 23rd October), scoring a massive 17.

    The wine was showcased with other Platter 5-star wines at the recent Cape Euro tasting in London. Hermanuspietersfontein also had a stand and the reds stood out for their elegance, soft tannins, and good structure.

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