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Rust en Vrede

Serious and well structured, this has weight, focus and fruit intensity...

Tim Atkin MW

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The flagship wine of Rust en Vrede, Estate Wine is a blend of Cabernet, Syrah and Merlot in a full-bodied and complex wine that truly reflects its terroir.

Aromas of blackberry are backed by hints of fresh leather, tobacco leaf and dark chocolate. The palate replicates the nose with earthy flavours brought forward by dark fruits, leading to a lengthy finish with soft, velvety tannins. A blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Syrah, 9% Merlot.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.6 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

3.4 g/L

pH

3.57

ACIDITY

5.8 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Coenie Snyman

VARIETY

Red Blend

BOTTLED DATE

February 2018

TIME IN OAK

22 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

Vintage conditions

Extremely dry and warm conditions in the summer months resulted in drip irrigation being used, with a maximum rainfall the preceding winter of 469mm, much lower than the average 712mm. It was a vintage that was monitored extremely closely in the vineyard as the heat and dry conditions resulted in reduced berry size and earlier ripening. Harvest started on 3rd February, a week earlier than 2015. The 2016 vintage is well structured with a lighter body and linear fruit expression.

Vinification details

Grapes were de-stemmed, crushed and pumped into open top fermentation tanks where they underwent a 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 (40% new, 40% 2nd fill, 20% 3rd fill), 30% in 500L and 70% in 300L barrels for 22 months.

Awards

Platter: 5*
Tim Atkin MW: 92 pts

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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... a superb wine from a truly great vintage.

Tim Atkin MW

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The flagship wine of Rust en Vrede, Estate Wine is a blend of Cabernet, Syrah and Merlot in a full-bodied and complex wine that truly reflects its terroir.

Crimson red. Gentle floral aromas of violets and jasmine are backed by hints of fresh leather and tobacco leaf, mulberries and forest floor. The palate replicates the nose with earthy flavours brought forward by dark fruits including blueberries and blackcurrant, all integrating well to create a lengthy finish with soft, velvety tannins. A blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Syrah, 9% Merlot.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.6 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

3.2 g/L

pH

3.57

ACIDITY

5.8 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Coenie Snyman

VARIETY

Red Blend

HARVEST DATE

February 2015

BOTTLED DATE

February 2017

TIME IN OAK

18 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

Vintage conditions

Early bud break and very dry conditions in the months following resulted in irrigation management being used. This led to a short and challenging harvest. Harvest volume was normal, up by 0.8%. The 2015 vintage is well structured with a lighter body and linear fruit expression.

Vinification details

The length of maceration varied according to the variety, with Cabernet Sauvignon having 31 days; Syrah, 21 days and Merlot, 14 days. Following fermentation, they were also vinified separately. Malolactic fermentation took place in French oak barrels where it then matured for 18 months, followed by a further 12 months in the bottle before release.

Awards

Platter: 5*
Tim Atkin MW: 94 pts
JamesSuckling.com:91 pts

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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A broad, plush, lavishly-oaked cuvée of Cabernet Sauvignon with Syrah and a little Merlot.

Tim Atkin MW

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The flagship wine of Rust en Vrede, Estate Wine is a blend of Cabernet, Syrah and Merlot in a full-bodied and complex wine that truly reflects its terroir.

Deep crimson red. Aromas of sour cherry, black forest and Christmas cake along with notes of perfumed jasmine complement a palate of sweet spices, dark fruits and paprika. The finish is long, savoury and well-structured. In 2014, a blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Syrah and 7% Merlot.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.8 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

3.4 g/L

pH

3.50

ACIDITY

5.9 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Coenie Snyman

VARIETY

Red Blend

BOTTLED DATE

February 2016

TIME IN OAK

18 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

Vintage conditions

Picking for the Estate vineyard fruit started a bit later than usual in the last week of February and went on until 15th April. The vintage was one of much larger proportions than previously, coming in at 44% higher than average. Due to a warmer spring, fruit set was good and led to high yields. The last two weeks of harvest brought rain which mimicked that of a typical Bordeaux season; these rains were consistent and helped ripen the fruit which led to an elegant vintage.

Vinification details

The length of maceration varied according to the variety, with Cabernet Sauvignon having 31 days; Syrah, 21 days and Merlot, 14 days. Following fermentation, they were also vinified separately. Malolactic fermentation took place in French oak barrels where it then matured for 18 months, followed by a further 12 months in the bottle before release.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 93 pts

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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The flagship wine of Rust en Vrede, Estate Wine is a blend of Cabernet, Syrah and Merlot in a full-bodied and complex wine that truly reflects its terroir.

A blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Shiraz and 11% Merlot, this is deep crimson red. Tobacco, cedar and spice are prominent on the nose with blueberry and hints of creamy cheesecake. The palate shows classic blackberry and plum flavours with a dark chocolate core, approachable tannins and a dry, lengthy finish.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

15.2 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

3.0 g/L

pH

3.62

ACIDITY

6.2 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Coenie Snyman

VARIETY

Red Blend

TIME IN OAK

18 months

SULPHUR

Total: 72 Free: 23

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

Vinification details

Primary fermentation took seven days, followed by a 21 day maceration, during which time it was pumped over and the cap manually punched down four times a day. Following fermentation, the Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot clones were vinified separately. Malolactic fermentation took place in French oak barrels where it then matured for 18 months, followed by a further 12 months in the bottle before release.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 93 pts

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

 

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...well judged winemaking...

eRobertParker.com

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The flagship wine of Rust en Vrede, Estate Wine is a blend of Cabernet, Syrah and Merlot in a full-bodied and complex wine that truly reflects its terroir.

A blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Shiraz and 8% Merlot. Deep crimson red. The Shiraz is very prominent on the nose, with notes of cedar and cumin in the fore, backed up by cigar box and tobacco aromas. On the palate, showing more of an Old World style with good complexity and classic blackberry, plum and mulberry flavours.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

15.1 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.2 g/L

pH

3.54

ACIDITY

5.9 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Coenie Snyman

VARIETY

Red Blend

TIME IN OAK

18 months

SULPHUR

Total: 88 Free: 23

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

Vinification details

Primary fermentation took seven days, followed by a 21 day maceration during which time it was pumped over and the cap was manually punched down four times a day. Following fermentation, the Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot clones are vinified separately. Malolactic fermentation took place in 85% French and 15% American oak barrels where it then matured for 18 months, followed by a further 12 months in the bottle before release.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 91 pts
eRobertParker.com: 91 pts

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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