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Rustenberg Five Soldiers

Recognised globally as one of South Africa’s top five wine estates, Rustenberg is also one of the oldest in the Cape, having been established in 1892. In 1940 the Rustenberg Farm, which sits 6km north of Stellenbosch, was bought by Peter Barlow. The Barlows have been at Rustenberg for over 60 years: the longest period any one family has owned the farm with Simon Barlow taking over the running of the farm in 1987, and Murray, his son, now involved with winemaking and marketing.

Vineyards producing the grapes for Rustenberg wines climb the rich red slopes of the Simonsberg and Helderberg; a range of slopes and aspects allows site-specific plantings that enhance varietal characteristics. With a long and very proud history of producing exceptional wines, Rustenberg’s winemaking style is simple: produce quality wines true to the style of the estate and the brand.


Rustenberg has all the qualifications of a world-class wine estate” Wine Spectator

Rustenberg, South Africa’s First-Growth Estate” John Platter

Patience is required, for it eventually rewards you with blackberry, briary, fresh tobacco, cedar and mint … not a million miles away from Pauillac!” Neal Martin, eRobertparker.com (of John X Merriman)

• Diners Club SA ‘Young Winemaker of the Year’ awarded to Murray Barlow in 2013
• Top 20 White Wine Cellars and Top 20 Red Wine Cellars: Top Wine SA Awards 2014

Wines we are currently listing:
Stellenbosch Regional Range
2015 Sauvignon Blanc IWC 2015: Silver
2015 Sauvignon Blanc Half bottle
2014/15 Roussanne
2015 Rosé (Petit Verdot) IWSC 2015: Silver Outstanding
2014 R M Nicholson (Cab Sauv/Syrah/Merlot/Cab Fr/P Verdot)
2013/14 Shiraz 2013 Tim Atkin: 91 pts
2014 Merlot
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
2012/15 Straw Wine (Chenin/Viognier/Crouchen) Half bottle 2012 IWC 2015: Silver; IWSC 2015: Silver Outstanding; Tim Atkin: 93 pts
The Flagships
2014 Chardonnay IWC 2015: Silver; Decanter 2015: Silver; Tim Atkin: 90 pts; IWSC 2015: Silver Outstanding; eRobertParker.com: 91 pts
2012/13 John X Merriman (Cab Sauv/Merlot/P Verdot/Malbec) 2012 Michelangelo Awards 2014: Silver; Tim Atkin: 92 pts; eRobertParker.com: 90 pts
2011 John X Merriman Magnum eRobertParker.com: 93 pts; Decanter 2014: Silver; Wine Spectator: 92 pts
2012 Buzzard Kloof Syrah Decanter 2015: Silver; IWC 2015: Silver; Tim Atkin: 90 pts; IWSC 2015: Silver Outstanding; eRobertParker.com: 92 pts
Single Vineyard Range
2013 Five Soldiers Chardonnay
2009 Peter Barlow Cabernet Sauvignon IWSC 2015: Silver; eRobertParker.com: 93 pts; Tim Atkin: 91 pts; Old Mutual International Judges’ Trophy
2008 Peter Barlow Cabernet Sauvignon Magnum eRobertParker.com: 92 pts; IWC 2013: Silver; IWSC 2013: Silver; Platter: 4½*