90 Points - Wine Spectator
Located on the slopes of the Helshoogte (“Hell’s Heights”) Pass, overlooking Stellenbosch’s Banghoek Valley, the Chardonnay vines at the Bartinney’s vineyards are planted on north and northeast facing slopes, at elevations of 1,312 to 1,640 feet above sea level. Soils here are mainly oakleaf and tukulu, deep red soils of decomposed granite. The extreme slopes (up to 45%) require the vines to be tended by hand. The grapes are hand-picked in early to mid-February, the bunches are de-stemmed and crushed and the free run juice is inoculated with yeast cultures and run to a mix of new and old French oak barriques for fermentation and aging. The wine is matured in barrel for 10 months and the wine spent an additional six months in stainless steel tanks before bottling.
Crafted from 100% Chardonnay, Bartinney Helshoogte Chardonnay displays a bouquet of lifted aromas of apricot blossom and lemon accentuated by subtle notes of vanilla and oak. The palate is soft and refined with a creamy mouthfeel, offering bold notes of pineapple and ripe pear with chalky acidity. Hints of ginger and almond lingers through the long finish.
"Fresh, with 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." - Wine Spectator
Product of South Africa
Alcohol by Volume: 14%