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Malbec, Rustenberg

Malbec has found a welcoming home in Stellenbosch, flourishing along with the other Bordeaux red varietals that the region is renowned for.

In its youth the wine exhibits very attractive purple hues with dark fruit flavours, such as plum, blackberry and violets, along with pepper and tobacco. As the wine ages it will reveal a more savoury fruit profile.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.0 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

3.3 g/L

pH

3.60

ACIDITY

5.5 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Murray Barlow

VARIETY

Malbec

HARVEST DATE

February 2020

BOTTLED DATE

June 2021

FINED USING

Egg white

TIME IN OAK

15 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

No

Vintage conditions

The 2020 vintage will be remembered as a good vintage produced under the spectre of the COVID-19 pandemic impacting the globe. Fortunately, the Rustenberg harvest was not affected by the government-sanctioned lockdowns, allowing all fruit to be picked and processed when ripe. A good winter in 2019 saw a return to average rainfall for the year. Two unusual weather events in the growing season, a large rainstorm and a heat wave, impacted some varietals flowering and berry set, however, in the context of the entire vintage these had a minor impact. Crop levels were up by 15% from the 2019 vintage, which saw a return to yields being average to slightly above average for most varietals. Quality wise, the reds tend to be more medium-bodied with moderate alcohols, good freshness and supple tannins, potentially to be enjoyed earlier.

Vinification details

Grapes were hand picked and crushed and de-stemmed on arriving at the winery. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks with regular pump-overs and an extended maceration of up to seven days. After primary fermentation the wine was transferred to 10% new and 90% second-, third- and fourth-fill French 225L oak barrels for 15 months’ maturation.

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

 

 

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Very polished and creamy with lovely, sappy, thick-skinned plums and baking spice intensity.

DWWA 2021

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Malbec, Rustenberg

Malbec has found a welcoming home in Stellenbosch, flourishing along with the other Bordeaux red varietals that the region is renowned for.

In its youth Rustenberg's Malbec exhibits very attractive purple hues with dark fruit flavours such as plum, blackberry and violets, along with pepper and tobacco. As the wine ages it will reveal a more savoury fruit profile.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.2 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.3 g/L

pH

3.63

ACIDITY

5.3 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Murray Barlow

VARIETY

Malbec

FINED USING

Egg white

TIME IN OAK

15 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

No

Vintage conditions

The 2019 vintage was a challenging one for the Rustenberg team. While the winter of 2018 was a welcome break from the previous four winters of drought, most vineyards had not fully recovered and produced below average yields. A warm snap in June and a wet Spring, coupled with a wetter than average Summer harvesting season made 2019 a challenge, with some late harvest thinning or multiple harvests of the same vineyard required to achieve uniformity. Early and mid-season ripening varieties performed well, all achieving flavour ripeness at lower alcohol levels, while late ripening varieties required patience and extended time on the vines, again achieving lower alcohols overall, but creating ripe, structured wines.

Vinification details

Grapes were hand picked and crushed and de-stemmed on arriving at the winery. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks with regular pump-overs and an extended maceration of up to seven days. After primary fermentation the wine was transferred to 10% new and 90% second-, third- and fourth-fill French 225L oak barrels for 15 months’ maturation.

Awards

DWWA: Silver

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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