Wine Spectator 90 points - Fresh, with tasty pear, yellow apple and ginger notes zipping along, while an echo of brioche hangs through the finish. Shows good length and cut. Drink now through 2016. 200 cases imported.-JM
(Jun 15 2015)
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Wine maker notes
Our Chardonnay displays a bouquet of lifted apricot blossom, lemon and suggestions of vanilla and oak. The palate shows prominent pineapple and ripe pear characters, interlaced with chalky acidity. This wine is creamy and nutty with a soft refined palate and finishes with great intensity.
Try pairing with creamy prawn and saffron tagliatelle or poached salmon with caper butter sauce. Drink now or keep for 5 years.
Bartinney is set on the dramatic slopes of Botmaskop alongside the Helshoogte Pass overlooking the picturesque Banhoek Valley in Stellenbosch. Michael and Rose Jordaan repurchased the 27 ha family farm in 2006 after it had been sold out of family hand 9 years before, with a vision to create excellent wines and reawaken the charm of the historic land.
Creating excellence in wine has not been a singular pursuit. Our belief is that every aspect must work in harmony: agriculture with nature, people with animals, sustainability with excellence. The vines are planted to a height of 550m above sea level and with slopes as steep as 45 degrees, the wines have exceptional expression and character. This unique terroir is captured in each vintage of the elegant Bartinney Estate wines. The vines are old, many planted a quarter century ago. Small pockets of hand-tended Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay vineyards offer up perfect fruit from low yielding vines on cooler elevated slopes, while the Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards, in deep red soils, on the slightly lower foothills of the Botmaskop mountains express their mineral and rich berry character in perfect balance.
The winged figure depicted on each bottle is called ‘Elevage’ and symbolises the French art of the selective maturing and ascension of a wine to its ultimate heights, unfurling its most noble traits. This idea is embodied in the artisanal craft and traditional, gentle methods carried out in the production of the fruit and Bartinney wine.
World renowned sculptor Dylan Lewis’ magnificent sculpture, ‘Elevage’, iconically settles in the acclaimed fynbos gardens and resembles the winged figure of the Bartinney logo. Landscape artist, Strydom van der Merwe, helped establish a two hectare land art form of ‘Elevage’ in fynbos plants in the newly planted Hourglass Chardonnay vineyard, the first of its kind in the world and visible from an aeroplane as a tribute to Biodiversity and Sustainability.
The wines are enjoyed at The Tasting Shed on Bartinney Estate or at the Bartinney Wine and Champagne Bar in Stellenbosch town where guests regularly spill onto Bird street glasses in hand.