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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CHARDONNAY202212.85
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.
IWSC: Gold 95, Decanter WWA: 92, Platter: 91, Tim Atkin: 90, IWC: 90
CHARDONNAY FIVE SOLDIERS202227.55
Carefully selected Chardonnay bunches from the Five Soldiers Vineyard are hand harvested for this special wine and then given royal treatment in the cellar. The final product is a very complex full-bodied wine, approachable in its youth however careful cellaring will exhibit the depth of the wine s complexity and will reward patience. 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. Aged for 15 months in 70% New Burgundian 300L Hogsheads (remainder 2nd fill). Aging Potential 10+ years from vintage under ideal cellaring conditions.
IWSC: 94, James Suckling: 93. IWC: 92, DWWA: 91
CHENIN BLANC20228.05
Aromas of pineapple and yellow pear follow through to a crisp, textured palate complemented by characters of citrus. Unoaked.
Platter: 88
GRENACHE BLANC *20228.05
Medium-bodied with orchard, stone & citrus fruit aromas & flavours. Will pair well with seafood, poultry & spiced dishes. Unoaked.
Decanter WWA: 92, IWSC: 90, Platter: 86
ROUSSANNE202110.45
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 finish with great minerality. Unoaked.
SAUVIGNON BLANC20228.70
Tropical fruits, with underlying tones of pineapple and passion fruit on a fresh, crisp and palate with prodigious length. Unoaked.
Concours Mondial du Sauvignon: Gold,Decanter WWA: 92, James Suckling: 92 Platter: 88, Tim Atkin: 88
PETIT VERDOT ROSE *20197.25
This Petit-Verdot rose exhibits an abundance of cherry and strawberry fruit with a fresh, clean palate. Intense colour and flavour.
Platter: 81
CABERNET SAUVIGNON202110.45
The wine shows typical Cabernet Sauvignon flavour and aroma profiles of dark berries and tobacco with a well-structured and lengthy palate.
Platter: 92, Decanter WWA: 89
CAB. SAUV. PETER BARLOW (Magnum 1,5l) *201856.80
Concentrated cassis, black cherries and some herbaceousness on the nose and palate. Oak ageing for 20 months in 64% new, 36% 2nd and 3rd fill French oak barrels. Ageing potential is some 10 to 15 years from vintage under ideal cellaring conditions.
Tim Atkin: 95, Decanter WWA: 93, James Suckling: 92, Platter: 92
CABERNET SAUVIGNON PETER BARLOW202027.55
The oldest Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard on the estate is named the Peter Barlow block and consistently produces powerful, long- lived Cabernet Sauvignon that is given the best possible treatment in the cellar. Rich aromas of red and black fruits, cedar, and clove, with lively acidity and velvety tannins. Outstanding balance of oak integration and fruit weight, with a long finish. Oak ageing for 20 months in 64% new, 36% 2nd and 3rd fill French oak barrels. Ageing Potential 10 to 15 years from vintage under ideal cellaring conditions.
Tim Atkin: 95, Platter: 94, James Suckling: 92
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, Veritas: Bronze
JOHN X MERRIMAN202115.20
Cassis, black currant and dark fruits complemented with cigar tobacco and sour cherry notes. The wine spent 20 months in 35% New French barriques with the remaining 65% 2nd & 3rd fill. The ageing potential of this blend composed of Cabernet Sauvignon 63%, Merlot 20%, Malbec 11%, Petit Verdot 6% is some 10 to 15 years from vintage under ideal cellaring conditions.
Platter: 96, Tim Atkin: 92, Decanter WWA: 92, James Suckling: 91
MERLOT *202210.80
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. 11 Months oak maturation in 20% new and 80% 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th fill French 225L barrels. The ageing potential is 8 to 10+ years from vintage.
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