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Winery of the Week: Barton Vineyards

Barton is a 200-ha working farm in the hills overlooking the Bot River Valley, rich in biodiversity and offering a range of activities, farm produce and luxury accommodation. Though the own portfolio of stylish wines is still boutique in scale, critical acclaim is resulting in French-trained winemaker PJ Geyer having to expand the cellar facilities to vinify other producers’ wines on contract.

Barton Vineyards Blanc 2013

Category: White blends, unwooded, dry  

2013 mostly sauvignon with chenin & semillon. Appealing ripe apple, honey & pineapple flavours, dry but very fruity, lovely balance & freshness from bright acidity. Delicious, mouthfilling quaffable blend. Wine tasted by Meryl Weaver More »

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Barton Vineyards Chenin Blanc 2013

Category: Chenin blanc unwooded dry  |  sub-category: Chenin blanc unwooded dry

Pale gold 2013 from low-yielding vines, with notes of quince & glacé pineapple on the nose, mouthfilling palate richness checked by racy lemony acidity that invites food. Very youthful & touch gawky mid-2014, needs time to harmonise & realise its potential. Wine tasted by Meryl Weaver More »

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Barton Vineyards Merlot 2012

Category: Merlot  

Classy return to form in 2012 (), showcasing variety's intensity & elegance. Bordeaux-style complexity with a tight core of fruit & minerality, suavely tailored in fine tannic frame. So harmonious, already tempting, but ageworthy. Rung above 2010. 2011 sold out untasted. Wine tasted by Meryl Weaver More »

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Barton Vineyards Rouge 2012

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Category: Red blends, shiraz/syrah-based  

4-way blend 2012, shiraz dominates though equal part cab adds pliable structure, & merlot & malbec plump out fruit-filled interest. Flavoursome, firm fleshed & toned yet retains affable drinkability. Balanced & classy quaffer. Wine tasted by Meryl Weaver More »

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Barton Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Category: Sauvignon blanc unwooded  |  sub-category: Sauvignon blanc unwooded

Step up on previous, 2013 shows oystershell & mineral nuances, really bright invigorating acidity; 8 months lees-ageing create creaminess & weight on palate; clean, long dry finish. Delicious solo & feisty enough for great food pairing. Wine tasted by Meryl Weaver More »

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Barton Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon 2013

Category: White blends, unwooded, dry  |  sub-category: White blends, unwooded, dry

2013's unwooded 61/39 blend raises the bar on 2012 (). Balanced, with refined fruit focus & minerality. An ageworthy, graceful table mate. Wine tasted by Meryl Weaver More »

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Barton Vineyards Shiraz Rosé 2013

Category: Rosé dry  |  sub-category: Rosé dry

Lovely vermilion colour from shiraz; dry, spicy pomegranate & cranberry fruit, 2013 super mouthfeel & presence from lees-ageing. Lightish, but quite feisty & confident. Wine tasted by Meryl Weaver More »

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Barton Vineyards Shiraz-Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Category: Red blends, shiraz/syrah-based  |  sub-category: Red blends, shiraz/syrah-based

Youthful, harmonious 2011 blend has a sappy texture, infused with garrigue scrub, pepper & a touch of cab’s clean herbaceousness. Supple structure enhanced by oak. Wine tasted by Meryl Weaver More »

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Barton Vineyards Winemakers Reserve 2011

Category: Red blends, Cape Bordeaux  

Maiden 2011 merlot-led Bordeaux blend, now bottled, shows more elegance & balance than barrel sample. Understated, refined core of inky red fruit & violets with cedary nuance. So tailored & sleek, belies its youthful intensity, will age with distinction. Wine tasted by Meryl Weaver More »

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