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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CHARDONNAY201911.80
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. The wine matured 10 months in 25% New French oak (remainder 2nd, 3rd and 4th fill oak).
CHARDONNAY FIVE SOLDIERS *201725.10
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)
Tim Atkin: 93; Platter: 93, IWC: 90
CHARDONNAY FIVE SOLDIERS *201826.70
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).
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 BLANC *20187.95
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.
Platter: 86, IWC: Silver-outstanding
PETIT VERDOT ROSE20197.25
This Petit-Verdot rose exhibits an abundance of cherry and strawberry fruit with a fresh, clean palate. Intense calour and flavour.
CAB. SAUV. Peter Barlow201726.70
Concentrated cassis, black cherries and some herbaceousness on the nose and palate. Spent 24 months in French oak barrels, 64% new, 36% 2nd and 3rd fill.
Wine Enthusiast: 91-93
JOHN X MERRIMAN (375ml)20167.00
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.
Tim Atkin: 93, Platter: 93; Decanter: 92; IWC: 90
JOHN X MERRIMAN201614.00
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.
Tim Atkin: 93, Platter: 93; Decanter: 92; IWC: 90
MERLOT201810.50
Rich aromas of blackberries, cassis, eucalyptus and dark chocolate follow through to a smooth palate that is both balanced and well-rounded with fine grained tannins. This wine can be enjoyed now or will benefit from maturation in ideal cellar conditions. Aged for 11 months in French oak 225l barrels, 20% new and 80% 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th fill.
IWC: Silver, Platter: 86
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.
Platter: 87
SHIRAZ BUZZARD CLOOF *201512.85
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