Bartho Eksteen Vloekskoot Sauvignon Blanc - Wooded 2017
Whole bunch pressed, no settling. Naturally fermented in older, big wood. Matured for 11 months on lees. Bottled with minimum interference. Serve with crayfish bisque, petit poulet and creamed spinach or alikreukel trio (ref. the CWG book “Cellarmasters in the Kitchen”). Previous vintages of this wine have been accoladed 92 – 96 points, 5-stars in the Platter wine Guide, Tim Atkin’s highest scoring internationally wooded Sauvignon Blanc and the most successful Sauvignon Blanc in the history of the CWG Auction - a true benchmark.
Bartho Eksteen Professore 2016
Professore is a tribute to two of the greatest pioneers in the history of the South African wine industry, professors Abraham Perold and Chris Orffer, fathers of our very own Pinotage, Roobernet and Nouvelle. This might be a world first and a true Cape blend. A solid Pinotage from granite soil was used, 20% juice was bled off after crushing and replaced by 10% juice of full-ripe Nouvelle. After fermentation, 20% Roobernet was blended in and matured for 21 months in small French oak.
Bartho Eksteen Vloekskoot Sauvignon Blanc - Wooded 2016
Whole bunch pressed, no settling. Naturally fermented in older 500 litre French oak and
matured for 11 months on lees. Bottled with minimum interference. Great accompaniment
to crayfi sh bisque, petit poulet and creamed spinach or alikreukel - three ways (ref. the
CWG book “Cellarmasters in the Kitchen”). Previous vintages of this wine have enjoyed
accolades such as 92 - 94 points from three different continents, 5-star Platter’s and have
fetched the highest price for Sauvignon Blanc in the history of the CWG Auction - a true
Bartho Eksteen Vloekskoot Sauvignon Blanc - Wooded 2015
This oaked style nods towards Pessac-Léognan, but has a Cape character all of its own.
Hand-picked, whole bunch pressed, no settling, naturally fermented in a 500 litre older
French oak barrel, matured for 11 months on lees, bottled with minimum stabilisation and
filtration. Enjoy with crayfish bisque, petit poulet and creamed spinach or alikreukel – three
ways (ref. the CWG Book “Cellarmasters in the Kitchen”).
Bartho Eksteen Vloekskoot Sauvignon Blanc - Wooded 2014
The ability to read a vintage, years of research and trials to find the perfect combination
between terroir and origin, grain and toasting levels of the right wood, age and sizes of
barrels, cooper’s craftsmanship and winemaking techniques have resulted in a work of art
which I’m proud to put my name to.
Bartho Eksteen Vloekskoot Sauvignon Blanc 2013
The ability to read a vintage, years of research and trials to find the perfect combination between terroir and origin, grain and toasting levels of the right wood, age and sizes of barrels, cooper's workmanship and winemaking techniques has resulted in a work of art which I'm proud to put my name to. Tasting Notes: Typical Bo-Hemel en Aarde terroir expression. Scrunched up fynbos herbs, and slices of ripe pear. Delicious fruit and perfectly well integrated oak. Full palate, harmonious and seamless from start to the long ending. If you can put away some bottles for a couple of years, you can delay the pleasure and have it back with interest for anything up to 6 years after harvest. Serve with Chevre and green olive-stuffed guinea fowl breast with sauce Albufera.
Bartho Eksteen Sluitsteen Shiraz 2012
Sluitsteen (cornerstone) is Bartho's crown jewel and an inspiration to every student at his Wine Academy for young winemakers. It is here where dedication, respect, passion, skill and confidence are captured with great love into the next generation of winemakers. Tasting Notes: Eckstein (German) - sluitsteen or hoeksteen means cornerstone. Besides its biblical context, an "eksteen" is the central focal point of any foundation and determines the position of the entire structure. A solid, medium to full bodied wine with perfect wood and fruit integration: currants; cacao beans; rich, round black stone fruit, particularly plums, nutmeg and smoke. This wine is packed in wooden boxes.
Hermanuspietersfontein Vloekskoot Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Renowned for its character and versatility, Sauvignon Blanc is notoriously demanding of its growing conditions, the viticulturist's skill and the winemaker's craft. After many years of experimenting with different coopers, grains, toasting levels, barrel sizes, ages of barrels, time in barrels and different winemaking techniques and terroir, I've found the 'sweet spot'. Good integration between fruit and wood comes with time, but too much time can also result in 'oak juice'. This wine was bottled after 13 months in a big barrel with regular rolling and no stirring. The reward has been great this year, and with our Vloekskoot, we invite you to celebrate an exceptional harvest and the outstanding quality we have achieved. Tasting Notes: A true reflection of Sunday's Glenn terroir, with nuances of Granny Smith apple from the small portion of Nouvelle, the oily, lanolin texture of Semillon and a bowl full of ripe Sauvignon Blanc fruit, harmoniously finished off with well integrated oak.