Rustenberg

Vineyards producing the grapes for Rustenberg wines climb the rich red slopes of the Simonsberg and Helderberg. The style of wine determines the vineyard to be used. A range of slopes allows site-specific plantings that enhance varietal characteristics.

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CHARDONNAY FIVE SOLDIERS201725.10
Characters of ripe citrus, melon and peach with great minerality, rounded out by well-judged oaking. A very complex wine with a long and creamy finish and a good acid backbone. Matured for 15 months in 70% new Burgundian 300l Hogsheads (remainder 2nd fill)
ROUSSANNE *20159.95
This wine has a fragrant perfume of lilies, as well as peach and apricot fruit with complex flavours of green apple, are evident on the palate. Characters of sweeter pineapple, flesh out the mid-palate and give weight to a peppery the finish with great minerality.
Decanter: 92
ROUSSANNE20189.95
This wine has a fragrant perfume of lilies, as well as peach and apricot fruit with complex flavours of green apple, are evident on the palate. Characters of sweeter pineapple, flesh out the mid-palate and give weight to a peppery the finish with great minerality. Unoaked.
SAUVIGNON BLANC *20178.50
The Rustenberg Stellenbosch Sauvignon Blanc is grown at some of the highest altitudes that vineyards are grown at in the Stellenbosch region; just over 550m above sea level. The cooling effect of altitude and the oceanic breeze make this ideal for the production of a full flavoured, more tropical styled Sauvignon Blanc. Made without the influence of oak, the wines are aged on their lees for further palate weight and complexity to balance out the wines' natural acidity. Notes of tropical fruits, melon and gooseberry, with underlying tones of pineapple and passion fruit.
Michelangelo: Double Gold
SAUVIGNON BLANC20187.95
The intrinsic Sauvignon Blanc characteristics of tropical fruits, melon and gooseberry, with underlying tones of pineapple and passion fruit sustained on a fresh, crisp and well-balanced palate with prodigious length. Unoaked.
CAB. SAUV. Peter Barlow (Magnum 1,5) *201550.20
Cabernet Sauvignon from a single block on the Simonsberg. Serious, ambitious red with cassis, cigar box and dark plum flavours and layers of ageworthy tannins. Oak aged for 24 months in 64% new, 36% 2nd and 3rd fill French oak barrels. No Peter Barlow was bottled in 2014 and 2016.
Tim Atkin: 93; Platinum Medal Decanter World Wine Awards
JOHN X MERRIMAN201213.00
A powerful wine that rewards aging. In its youth the wine is worth decanting and expresses cassis, black currant and dark fruits complemented with cigar tobacco and sour cherry notes. As the wine ages and its fine grained tannins soften a softer more savoury palate develops revealing wonderful drinkability and tertiary complexity. 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec.
Platter: ****½
JOHN X MERRIMAN (375ml)20166.50
The John X Merriman is a powerful wine that rewards aging. In its youth the wine is worth decanting and expresses cassis, black currant and dark fruits complemented with cigar tobacco and sour cherry notes. As the wine ages and its fine grained tannins soften a softer more savoury palate develops revealing wonderful drinkability and tertiary complexity. Blend consisting of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 5% Malbec, 5% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc. Matured for 20 months in 35% new French barriques; 65% 2nd & 3rd fill.
IWC: 90 pts
JOHN X MERRIMAN201612.95
The John X Merriman is a powerful wine that rewards aging. In its youth the wine is worth decanting and expresses cassis, black currant and dark fruits complemented with cigar tobacco and sour cherry notes. As the wine ages and its fine grained tannins soften a softer more savoury palate develops revealing wonderful drinkability and tertiary complexity. Blend consisting of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 5% Malbec, 5% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc. Matured for 20 months in 35% new French barriques; 65% 2nd & 3rd fill.
IWC: 90 pts
JOHN X MERRIMAN (Magnum 1,5l) *201625.90
The John X Merriman is a powerful wine that rewards aging. In its youth the wine is worth decanting and expresses cassis, black currant and dark fruits complemented with cigar tobacco and sour cherry notes. As the wine ages and its fine grained tannins soften a softer more savoury palate develops revealing wonderful drinkability and tertiary complexity. Blend consisting of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 5% Malbec, 5% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc. Matured for 20 months in 35% new French barriques; 65% 2nd & 3rd fill.
IWC: 90 pts
MERLOT *201410.95
Rich aromas of blackberries, cassis, eucalyptus and dark chocolate follow through to a smooth palate that is both balanced and wellrounded with fine grained tannins. This wine can be enjoyed now or will benefit from maturation in ideal cellar conditions.
Ntl Wine Challenge: Double Silver
SHIRAZ201610.50
This Shiraz has plenty of natural brambly red and black fruit on the well-defined nose. The palate is medium-bodied with a fine line of acidity, crisp tannins and expressive red berry fruit mixed with spice and cloves on the finish. Matured for 16 months in 98% French oak and 2% American oak barrels.
SHIRAZ BUZZARD CLOOF201512.85
The wine exhibits an enticing nose of pepper, violets and ripe berry fruits which follow through to a well-structured and lengthy palate with fine grained tannins. Aged for 20 months in 40% new French & American barriques; 60% 2nd & 3rd fill.
Tim Atkin: 90; Parker: 91; Gold Medal Veritas Wine Awards