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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:

Regional Range

2014/15 Stellenbosch Sauvignon Blanc

2014 Stellenbosch Roussanne

2015 Stellenbosch Petit Verdot Rosé IWSC 2015: Silver Outstanding

2010/13/14 Stellenbosch R M Nicholson (Cab Sauv/Syrah/Merlot/Cab Fr/P Verdot) 2010 Platter: 4* 2013 Tim Atkin: 90 pts; IWSC 2015: Gold

2012/13 Stellenbosch Shiraz 2012 Veritas 2014: Silver 2013 Tim Atkin: 91 pts

2013/14 Stellenbosch Merlot

2012/13 Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 IWSC 2014: Silver; Tim Atkin: 90 pts; Michelangelo Awards 2014: Gold 2013 IWC 2015: Silver; IWSC 2015: Silver; Tim Atkin: 90 pts

2012/15 Rustenberg Straw Wine (Chenin/Viognier/Crouchen) Half bottle 2012 IWC 2015: Silver; IWSC 2015: Silver Outstanding; Tim Atkin: 93 pts

The Flagships

2014 Stellenbosch Chardonnay IWC 2015: Silver; Decanter 2015: Silver; Tim Atkin: 90 pts; IWSC 2015: Silver Outstanding

2012 Stellenbosch John X Merriman (Cab Sauv/Merlot/P Verdot/ Malbec) Michelangelo Awards 2014: Silver; Tim Atkin: 92 pts; IWSC 2015: Silver

2011/12 Stellenbosch John X Merriman Magnum 2011 eRobertParker.com: 93 pts; Decanter 2014: Silver; Wine Spectator: 92 pts 2012 Michelangelo Awards 2014: Silver; Tim Atkin: 92 pts; IWSC 2015: Silver

2011 Stellenbosch Buzzard Kloof Syrah Michelangelo Awards 2013: Gold; Decanter 2015: Silver; Veritas 2014: Silver; IWSC 2014: Silver Outstanding; eRobertParker.com: 91 pts

Single Vineyard Range

2012 Five Soldiers Chardonnay IWC 2015: Silver; Decanter 2014: Silver; eRobertParker.com: 93 pts; Veritas 2014: Silver; Tim Atkin: 92 pts; Miele Trophy for Best Chardonnay; IWSC 2015: Silver

2008 Peter Barlow Cabernet Sauvignon eRobertParker.com: 92 pts; IWC 2013: Silver; IWSC 2013: Silver; Platter: 4½*