Bartho Eksteen

Since ancestor Heinrich Oostwald Eckstein (changed to Eksteen due to Dutch influence) settled in the Cape in 1702, the Eksteens have been involved in wine farming - at first in Bergvliet, Constantia and Loevenstein (Welgemoed) later Franschhoek where Bartho’s grandfather first tried his hand at winemaking on the family’s farm, La Bri. Bartho inherited the winemaking passion as demonstrated by his successful career in winemaking.

As a young - and first new era - winemaker in Bot River, he won the General Smuts Trophy (South African Champion Young Wine) in 1996. This was the first time it was awarded to a red wine from “the other side of the mountain”.  He was a key figure in the rise of Wildekrans Wine Estate, consultant winemaker for Sumaridge and Raka during its first two years of business, initiator / winemaker / director of Hermanuspietersfontein Wingerde (HPF)  and driving force behind the demarcation of the Sunday’s Glen Ward wine of origin.  Other significant achievements include Diners Club Winemaker of the Year in 2010, Platter’s Wine Guide 5-star awards, Platter’s Sauvignon Blanc (wooded) of the Year, several SA Terroir Awards.  Tim Atkins’s best out of 41 world class wooded Sauvignon Blancs. He has been hosting the annual Bartho Eksteen Sauvignon Blanc Celebration since 1993, was hailed by John Platter as M’sieur Sauvignon Blanc and by Neil Pendock as The Sage of Sauvignon.  A strong believer that a winemaker should spend as much time as possible in the vineyard during harvest, he sees the challenges of every vintage as a character-building process which keeps you humble and on your knees. He believes unreservedly in the terroir of the Walker Bay, one of the most extreme areas in South Africa.

Bartho and wife Suné are the founders of the Bartho Eksteen Wine Academy for Young Winemakers (Wijnskool) where they impart the passion for the art, the science and the responsibilities around wine to the next generation of winemakers. Although a very talented and accomplished winemaker, titles, trophies, medals and awards now made room for the ultimate reward, to see his son, Pieter Willem, budding as a winemaker, and to follow the wine careers of his Wijnskool students. 

Bartho Eksteen

PO Box 1999 Hermanus 7200

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Bartho Eksteen Vloekskoot Sauvignon Blanc 2019

100% Sauvignon Blanc

Wine of Origin Cape Coast

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”). Accoladed 92 - 96, 5-star Platter’s, Tim Atkin’s winning wine out of 41 world class entries by producers from around the globe, and the most successful Sauvignon Blanc in the history of the CWG auction - a true benchmark.

Tasting Notes: Nods towards Pessac-Léognan but has a Cape character all of its own. Flinty, grapefruit, fresh lime, green herb flavours. Focussed, with superb intensity. Older oak adds complexity and gravitas.

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.

Auction Year: 2020

Bartho Eksteen Vloekskoot Sauvignon Blanc 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 (one bottle of each vintage)

100% Sauvignon Blanc
Wine of Origin Upper Hemel-en-Aarde

One lot only – 6 bottles (6 x 750ml) comprising one bottle of each of the following vintages Vloekskoot Sauvignon Blanc: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018.

Whole bunch pressed, no settling. Naturally fermented in older, big wood. Matured for eleven months on lees. Bottled with minimum interference. Nods towards Pessac-Léognan, but has a Cape character all of its own. Older oak adds complexity and gravitas. Acclaimed by an internationally renowned wine advocate as the best wooded Sauvignon Blanc amongst 41 icons from around the world, making this a true benchmark.

All of these wines are ready to drink now, but If you can put them away for a couple of years, you can delay the pleasure and have it back with interest for anything between three to six years.

Recently accoladed 92 - 96, 5-star Platter’s, Tim Atkin’s highest score internationally wooded Sauvignon Blanc and most successful Sauvignon Blanc in the history of the CWG auction - a true benchmark.

These wines were previously sold on the 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 CWG Auctions.

This wine has been supplied by the winemaker, stored in their cellar since the year of Auction.

This wine is packed in a wooden box.

Auction Year: 2020

Bartho Eksteen Professore 2017

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.

Tasting Notes: Pinotage, known for its cherry (Pinot Noir) flavours and earthiness (Cinsaut), ripe Nouvelle often adds a waxy, bubble-gum tone - but be careful with Roobernet; it's another "animal". A new born magic.

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 20 years after harvest.

 

 

Auction Year: 2019

Bartho Eksteen Vloekskoot Sauvignon Blanc - Wooded 2018

Whole bunch pressed, no settling. Naturally fermented in older, big wood. Matured for 11 months on the 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 were accoladed 92 - 96; 5-star Platter's, Tim Atkin's highest score internationally wooded Sauvignon Blanc and most successful Sauvignon Blanc in the history of the CWG auction - a true benchmark.

Tasting Notes: Nods towards Pessac-Léognan, but has a Cape character all of its own. Flinty, grapefruit, fresh lime, green herb flavours. Focused, with superb intensity. Older oak adds complexity and gravitas.

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.

 

 

Auction Year: 2019

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.

Auction Year: 2018

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.

Auction Year: 2018

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
benchmark.

Auction Year: 2017

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”).

Auction Year: 2016

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.

Auction Year: 2015

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.

Auction Year: 2014

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.

Auction Year: 2014

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.

Auction Year: 2013