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.


CHARDONNAY *201610.70
Apricot, coconut and orange peel aromas followed by flavours of marzipan, sponge cake and citrus rounded off with carefully judged oak and balanced, fresh acidity.
Prescient Chardonnay Report: 95; Tim Atkin: 92, Top 10 Chardonnay SA Wines Class.
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
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
This rosé exhibits aromas and flavours of red fruits: strawberries, cranberries and red cherries rounded by a fresh clean palate and food friendly palate weight.
Michelangelo: Gold; IWSC: Silver
CABERNET SAUVIGNON Peter Barlow *200926.95
The 2009 vintage has been hailed as one of the best vintages of the decade resulting in balanced, opulent and ageable wines. Concentrated cassis, black cherries and some herbaceousness on the nose and palate.
Platter: ****½, Veritas: Double Gold, Parker: 93, IWC: 92+, Top 10 Cab. Sauv. SA Wines Class., Tim Atkin: 91
CABERNET SAUVIGNON Peter Barlow *201325.95
The cool growing season meant the grapes reaching their flavour ripeness with low sugars resulting in medium-bodied, elegant wines. Concentrated cassis, black cherries and some herbaceousness on the nose and palate. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Tim Atkin: 92; Parker: 92; Natl. Wine Challenge: Double Platinum, Top 10 Cab. Sauv. SA Wines Class.
CAB. SAUV. Peter Barlow (Magnum 1,5)201550.20
Tim Atkin: 93
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 *201413.00
56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec.
Parker: 90; Natl. Wine Challenge: Double Platinum
JOHN X MERRIMAN (375ml)20156.50
JOHN X MERRIMAN (Magnum 1,5l)201525.90
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
SHIRAZ *201210.95
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.
IWSC: Silver Outstanding; Veritas: Silver