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Chardonnay, Rustenberg

Rustenberg is a well-known producer of high quality Chardonnays; the Stellenbosch Chardonnay embodies their house style.

Apricot, coconut and orange peel aromas followed by flavours of marzipan, sponge cake and citrus rounded off with carefully judged oak and balanced, fresh acidity.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.0 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.2 g/L

pH

3.30

ACIDITY

5.7 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Murray Barlow

VARIETY

Chardonnay

HARVEST DATE

February 2021

BOTTLED DATE

November 2021

FINED USING

Isinglass & Bentonite

TIME IN OAK

8 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

VEGETARIAN

No

VEGAN

No

Vintage conditions

The 2021 vintage was produced with the challenges of COVID-19 ever present. The winter of 2020 started late after a warm autumn and was cold with plenty of rain. The cool and wet conditions extended well into spring, through summer and much of the harvest season. The result of these conditions was slow, steady, stress free vineyard growth and fruit development. White grape yields were lower than average due to the impact of the weather during critical stages in fruit development. The white wines from the vintage ripened two weeks later than in 2020 and achieved full ripeness at lower sugar levels; producing wines with lower alcohols, excellent acidity and brilliant flavour development.

Vinification details

The grapes were hand picked in February. Once back at the winery, they were whole bunch pressed before fermentation in 300L oak barrels using wild yeasts. The wine was aged on its lees for 8 months in 25% new French oak barrels, with the remainder 2nd, 3rd and 4th fill.

Awards

DWWA & IWSC: Silver

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

 

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Restrained, mineral and elegant.

DWWA 2021

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Chardonnay, Rustenberg

Rustenberg is a well-known producer of high quality Chardonnays; the Stellenbosch Chardonnay embodies their house style.

Apricot, coconut and orange peel aromas followed by flavours of marzipan, sponge cake and citrus rounded off with carefully-judged oak and balanced, fresh acidity.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.0 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.0 g/L

pH

3.40

ACIDITY

5.0 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

VARIETY

Chardonnay

HARVEST DATE

January 2020

FINED USING

Isinglass, Bentonite

TIME IN OAK

8 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

VEGETARIAN

No

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 harvest was not impacted on Rustenberg 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.

Vinification details

The grapes were hand picked in January. Once back at the winery, they were whole bunch pressed before fermentation in 300L oak barrels using wild yeasts. The wine was aged on its lees for 8 months in 25% new French oak barrels, with the remainder 2nd, 3rd and 4th fill.

Awards

DWWA: Silver
Tim Atkin MW: 91 pts

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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... this Chardonnay has shifted in style of late towards more precision and minerality.

Tim Atkin MW

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Chardonnay, Rustenberg

Rustenberg is a well-known producer of high quality Chardonnays; the Stellenbosch Chardonnay embodies their house style.

Apricot, coconut and orange peel aromas followed by flavours of marzipan, sponge cake and citrus rounded off with carefully-judged oak and balanced, fresh acidity.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.0 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.0 g/L

pH

3.40

ACIDITY

5.0 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Murray Barlow

VARIETY

Chardonnay

FINED USING

Isinglass, Bentonite

TIME IN OAK

10 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

VEGETARIAN

No

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

The grapes were hand picked in January and February. Once back at the winery, they were whole bunch pressed before fermentation in 300L oak barrels using wild yeasts. The wine was aged on its lees for 10 months in 25% new French oak barrels, with the remainder 2nd, 3rd and 4th fill.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 92 pts

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

Have a trade enquiry?
Contact us to discuss

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Chardonnay, Rustenberg

Rustenberg is a well-known producer of high quality Chardonnays; the Stellenbosch Chardonnay embodies their house style.

Apricot, coconut and orange peel aromas followed by flavours of marzipan, sponge cake and citrus rounded off with carefully-judged oak and balanced, fresh acidity.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

3.3 g/L

pH

3.46

ACIDITY

5.4 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Murray Barlow

VARIETY

Chardonnay

HARVEST DATE

January 2017

BOTTLED DATE

October 2018

FINED USING

Isinglass

TIME IN OAK

10 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

VEGETARIAN

No

VEGAN

No

Vintage conditions

This vintage was impacted by the fourth year of the ongoing drought in the region. The 2017 winter was cold and dry, followed by a dry spring and summer, with bouts of unusual weather. A number of thunderstorms resulted in a late onset of additional vigour in the vineyards. Unsettled weather and wind during flowering, along with a freak hail storm and low levels of soil moisture decreased yields by 20% to 50%. The harvest began closer to its average start date and the smaller berries and bunches yielded lower juice volumes per ton. The lower yields resulted in the wines showing excellent concentration and body, producing rich, robust reds and fruit forward, expressive whites and rosés.

Vinification details

The grapes were hand picked in January and February. Once back at the winery, they were whole bunch pressed before fermentation in 300L oak barrels using wild yeasts. The wine was aged on its lees for 10 months in 25% new French oak barrels, with the remainder 2nd, 3rd and 4th fill.

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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Sinewy and long with great integration of fruit weight, alcohol and oak.

Decanter

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Chardonnay, Rustenberg

Rustenberg is a well-known producer of high quality Chardonnays; the Stellenbosch Chardonnay embodies their house style.

Apricot, coconut and orange peel aromas followed by flavours of marzipan, sponge cake and citrus rounded off with carefully-judged oak and balanced, fresh acidity.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.2 g/L

pH

3.23

ACIDITY

5.4 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Murray Barlow

VARIETY

Chardonnay

HARVEST DATE

February 2017

BOTTLED DATE

February 2018

FINED USING

Isinglass

TIME IN OAK

12 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

Vintage conditions

The winter of 2016 was dry but cold as drought conditions persisted in the Western Cape. Despite the drought, a warm, dry spring and little wind meant that there was little disease pressure and little stress on the vineyards beyond the heat. Harvest started slightly earlier than usual but was 10 days later than the record early start of the 2016 vintage. Careful use of irrigation to offset the dry drought conditions and cold nights experienced during the first four months of the year resulted in superb quality, and wonderful acidity, colour and flavour concentration in the wines. Indications are that 2017 will be an excellent vintage with plenty of potential to age well.

Vinification details

The grapes were hand picked in January and February. Once back at the winery, they were whole bunch pressed before fermentation in 300L oak barrels using wild yeasts. The wine was aged on its lees for 12 months in 25% new French oak barrels, with the remainder 2nd, 3rd and 4th fill.

Awards

DWWA 2018: Silver
Decanter: 92 pts

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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This is only the second tier Chardonnay at Rustenberg, but it shows how well the estate handles the variety.

Tim Atkin MW

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Chardonnay, Rustenberg

Rustenberg is a well-known producer of high quality Chardonnays; the Stellenbosch Chardonnay embodies their house style.

Apricot, coconut and orange peel aromas followed by flavours of marzipan, sponge cake and citrus rounded off with carefully-judged oak and balanced, fresh acidity.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.0 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.2 g/L

pH

3.23

ACIDITY

5.4 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Murray Barlow

VARIETY

Chardonnay

HARVEST DATE

January 2016

BOTTLED DATE

March 2017

FINED USING

Isinglass

TIME IN OAK

12 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

Vintage conditions

Following a warm start to the year, the winter of 2015 was dry but cold enough to allow the estate’s vineyards to properly rest. A very warm, dry spring and summer resulted in an early bud-burst and record high temperatures in December and January brought forward the need to irrigate. As in 2015, the vintage started very early. In the middle of January Rustenberg was engulfed in fire as the entire Simonsberg mountain burnt, sadly destroying 5 hectares of the estate’s vineyards. Generally very low yields of concentrated fruit make the wines of the 2016 vintage upfront and opulent.

Vinification details

The grapes were hand picked in January and February. Once back at the winery, they were whole bunch pressed before fermentation in 300L oak barrels using wild yeasts. The wine was aged on its lees for 12 months in 25% new French oak barrels, with the remainder 2nd, 3rd and 4th fill.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 92 pts
IWSC 2017: Gold

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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The palate is fresh on the entry with crisp acidity, just a hint of lychee rounded off with a pleasant saline note right on the finish. This is a well-made Chardonnay.

Neal Martin, eRobertParker.com

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Chardonnay, Rustenberg

Rustenberg is a well-known producer of high quality Chardonnays; the Stellenbosch Chardonnay embodies their house style.

Apricot, coconut and orange peel aromas followed by flavours of marzipan, sponge cake and citrus are rounded off with carefully-judged oak and balanced, fresh acidity.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.0 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.0 g/L

pH

3.34

ACIDITY

5.7 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Murray Barlow

VARIETY

Chardonnay

HARVEST DATE

January 2015

BOTTLED DATE

June 2016

FINED USING

Isinglass

TIME IN OAK

12 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

Vintage conditions

The cold wet winter of 2014 started early and ended late, which is ideal for the vineyards’ dormancy; however an unseasonably cool spring resulted in the vines going into summer with 10 to 40% less crop than usual. The remainder of the season was warm and dry resulting in one of the earliest harvests on record. Zero disease pressure and small crops of fantastic ripe fruit combined with high natural acids make this potentially the vintage of the decade.

Vinification details

The grapes were hand picked in January and February. Once back at the winery, they were whole bunch pressed before fermentation in 300L oak barrels using wild yeasts. The wine was aged on its lees for 12 months.

Awards

IWC 2017: Silver
DWWA 2017: Silver
IWSC 2016: Silver Outstanding
Decanter: 95 pts
eRobertParker.com: 90 pts

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

 

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It doesn’t show its 100% malolactic, such is its freshness, with pear spice and minerality for company.

Tim Atkin MW

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Chardonnay, Rustenberg

Rustenberg is a well-known producer of high quality Chardonnays; the Stellenbosch Chardonnay embodies their house style.

Apricot, coconut and orange peel aromas followed by flavours of marzipan, sponge cake and citrus are rounded off with carefully-judged oak and balanced, fresh acidity.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.0 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.8 g/L

pH

3.29

ACIDITY

5.3 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Murray Barlow

VARIETY

Chardonnay

HARVEST DATE

February 2014

BOTTLED DATE

January 2015

FINED USING

Isinglass

TIME IN OAK

12 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

Vintage conditions

The vineyards emerged from a deep, long dormancy after the wet and cold winter of 2013 into ideal spring conditions resulting in high cropping levels across all varieties. The summer of 2014 was cool with no major heatwaves and intermittent rain, resulting in the production of lower alcohol white wines that enjoyed a longer than usual ripening period.

Vinification details

The grapes were hand picked in January and February. Once back at the winery, they were whole bunch pressed before fermentation in 300L oak barrels using wild yeasts. The wine was aged on its lees for 12 months.

Awards

IWC 2015: Silver
Decanter 2015: Silver
IWSC 2015: Silver Outstanding
Tim Atkin MW: 90 pts
eRobertParker.com: 91 pts

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

 

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