... sumptuously oaked in 50% new wood, this has layered tannins, spicy, aromatic red berry fruit, some cassis and mint and tannins that are much softer than in 2015.Tim Atkin MW
1694 Classification, Rust en Vrede
1694 reflects the founding of Rust en Vrede, and honours the previous custodians of the estate. Produced from the estate's highest quality, designated single vineyards. (shipped by request)
Aromas of violets, black pepper and black cherries with leather, black olives and liquorice in the background. The palate is equally intense and layered, more dark fruit and oak spice with rooibos tea, cured meat and dried herbs. A blend of 61% Syrah, 39% Cabernet Sauvignon.
TIME IN OAK
Extreme dry and warm conditions in the summer months resulted in drip irrigation being used, with a maximum winter rainfall of 469mm much lower than the average 712mm. It was a vintage that was monitored extremely closely in the vineyard. The heat and dry conditions resulted in reduced berry size and earlier ripening. Harvest started on 3rd February, a week earlier than in 2015.
Made from a designated single vineyard (Block 4) these estate-grown grapes were picked and sorted by hand. Each harvest-parcel and individual clones were vinified separately – destemmed, crushed and pumped into open top fermentation tanks where they underwent a 14-21-day maceration period involving a 7-day fermentation with pump-overs and manual punch-downs 2-4 times daily. Barrel maturation took place in 100% French oak barrels (50% new, 50% 2nd fill), 65% in 500L and 35% in 300L barrels for 22 months.
Tim Atkin MW: 92 pts
Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.
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