Having received an invitation to visit this farm for the launch of their Cabernet Sauvignon, it had a totally unexpected feel - ‘home’. The best way to describe the welcome I received from Rose, Theresa and Michael and could have spent the rest of my days there.
The wine shows luscious red cherry and blackcurrant with chocolate and oak spices. It will benefit with decanting at the moment, and will undoubtedly mature to its full potential in a few years.
The pairing on the day for this wine: - Slow cooked springbok shank, de-boned, wrapped in cabbage leaves with port & prune jus, pomme pure, green beans and roasted red onion.
Bartinney is situated on the hellish high slopes of Helshoogte Pass and overlooks the picturesque Banghoek Valley in Stellenbosch. Passionately involved husband and wife team, Michael and Rose Jordaan, repurchased the 40 ha family farm in 2006 with a vision to create excellent wines and reawaken the charm of the beautiful property. The newly renovated boutique cellar now produces Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay from low yielding vineyards positioned on cooler elevated slopes. Cabernet Sauvignon is planted in deep red soils on the slightly lower foothills and the 2009 vintage is has been released.
Bartinney is situated on a mountain overlooking the beautiful Banghoek Valley in Stellenbosch. The 3 main cultivars planted here are Sauvignon Blanc (3.23ha), Chardonnay (2.96ha) and Cabernet Sauvignon (12.5ha). The white cultivars are planted on the higher north and northeast facing slopes while the red grows on the slightly lower foothills on a variety of aspects. High altitude viticulture with elevations up to 550m above sea level combined with extreme slopes (up to 45%) requires us to tend to our vines by hand. Soils consist mostly of high potential deep red, well-drained soils on the mid slopes. Red, stony soils are found on the higher slopes.
Therese de Beer started working there when the winery was in the process of being constructed. In 4 short years she managed to win numerous local and international awards for her wine, ultimately contributing to the success of the business. She joined Bartinney in January 2009 excitedly accepting a new challenge of making wine on a mountain!
When the Jordaan family declared Bartinney their new permanent home in April 2008, energetic Rose Jordaan made tree planting her mission. More than 5000 trees and fynbos, indigenous to the area, have been re-established on thirteen hectares of rehabilitated land from what was previously a pine and gum plantation. A hectare of blushing brides have been planted on a prepared east-facing incline. Plans for a nursery to help restore and protect neglected slopes on the farm are on the cards. We also received our Champion status in the Biodiversity and Wine Initiative (BWI) in September 2010.