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Five Soldiers Chardonnay, Rustenberg

The Five Soldiers vineyard is named after five tall stone pine trees known as the 'Five Soldiers' that tower over this site at Rustenberg.

Characters of ripe citrus, melon and peach with great minerality, rounded out by well-judged oaking. A very complex wine with a long and creamy finish and a good acid backbone.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.3 g/L

pH

3.53

ACIDITY

5.4 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Murray Barlow

VARIETY

Chardonnay

HARVEST DATE

February 2020

BOTTLED DATE

July 2021

FINED USING

Isinglass & Bentonite

TIME IN OAK

15 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 at Rustenberg 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 white wines have superb acids and more moderate alcohols with wonderful fruit concentration.

Vinification details

After hand harvesting, the grapes were whole bunch pressed before fermentation in 300L French oak Hogshead barrels (70% new, 30% second fill) using wild yeasts. The wine underwent full malolactic fermentation and was aged on its lees for 15 months.

Awards

DWWA: Gold

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

 

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... pleasant zesty finish. Aromatic and quaffable.

IWC 2021

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Five Soldiers Chardonnay, Rustenberg

The Five Soldiers vineyard is named after five tall stone pine trees known as the 'Five Soldiers' that tower over this site at Rustenberg.

Carefully-selected Chardonnay bunches are hand harvested for this special wine and then given royal treatment in the cellar. Characters of ripe citrus, melon and peach with great minerality are rounded out by well-judged oaking. A very complex wine with a long and creamy finish and a good acid backbone.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.8 g/L

pH

3.41

ACIDITY

5.6 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Murray Barlow

VARIETY

Chardonnay

HARVEST DATE

February 2019

FINED USING

Isinglass, Bentonite

TIME IN OAK

15 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Simonsberg-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

After hand harvesting, the grapes were whole bunch pressed before fermentation in 300L French oak Hogshead barrels (70% new, 30% second fill) using wild yeasts. The wine underwent full malolactic fermentation and was aged on its lees for 15 months.

Awards

DWWA: Gold
IWC: Silver
Tim Atkin MW: 93 pts

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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... the core of the wine is all about freshness, with smart 70% new oak integration.

Tim Atkin MW

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Five Soldiers Chardonnay, Rustenberg

The Five Soldiers vineyard is named after five tall stone pine trees known as the 'Five Soldiers' that tower over this site at Rustenberg.

Carefully-selected Chardonnay bunches are hand harvested for this special wine and then given royal treatment in the cellar. Characters of ripe citrus, melon and peach with great minerality are rounded out by well-judged oaking. A very complex wine with a long and creamy finish and a good acid backbone.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

3.1 g/L

pH

3.30

ACIDITY

5.5 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Murray Barlow

VARIETY

Chardonnay

FINED USING

Isinglass, Bentonite

TIME IN OAK

15 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

After hand harvesting, the grapes were whole bunch pressed before fermentation in 300L French oak Hogshead barrels (70% new, 30% second fill) using wild yeasts. The wine underwent full malolactic fermentation and was aged on its lees for 15 months.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 93 pts
IWC: Silver

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

Have a trade enquiry?
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Five Soldiers Chardonnay, Rustenberg

The Five Soldiers vineyard is named after five tall stone pine trees known as the 'Five Soldiers' that tower over this site at Rustenberg.

Carefully-selected Chardonnay bunches are hand harvested for this special wine and then given royal treatment in the cellar. Characters of ripe citrus, melon and peach with great minerality are rounded out by well-judged oaking. A very complex wine with a long and creamy finish and a good acid backbone.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.0 g/L

pH

3.37

ACIDITY

5.5 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Murray Barlow

VARIETY

Chardonnay

HARVEST DATE

February 2017

BOTTLED DATE

July 2018

FINED USING

Isinglass

TIME IN OAK

15 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

VEGETARIAN

No

VEGAN

No

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

After hand harvesting, the grapes were whole bunch pressed before fermentation in 300L French oak Hogshead barrels (70% new, 30% second fill) using wild yeasts. The wine underwent full malolactic fermentation and was aged on its lees for 15 months.

Awards

Platter: 4.5*
Tim Atkin MW: 93 pts
DWWA: Silver

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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This is an excellent, sophisticated Chardonnay to enjoy over the next decade.

eRobertParker.com

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Five Soldiers Chardonnay, Rustenberg

The Five Soldiers vineyard is named after five tall stone pine trees known as the 'Five Soldiers' that tower over this site at Rustenberg.

Carefully-selected Chardonnay bunches are hand harvested for this special wine and then given royal treatment in the cellar. Characters of ripe citrus, melon and peach with great minerality are rounded out by well-judged oaking. A very complex wine with a long and creamy finish and a good acid backbone.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.3 g/L

pH

3.34

ACIDITY

5.4 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Murray Barlow

VARIETY

Chardonnay

HARVEST DATE

February 2015

BOTTLED DATE

September 2016

FINED USING

Isinglass

TIME IN OAK

15 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

After hand harvesting, the grapes were whole bunch pressed before fermentation in 300L French oak Hogshead barrels (70% new, 30% second fill) using wild yeasts. The wine underwent full malolactic fermentation and was aged on its lees for 15 months.

Awards

IWC 2017: Gold
Veritas 2017: Gold
eRobertParker.com: 92 pts
Tim Atkin MW: 93 pts
IWSC 2017: Silver Outstanding

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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Five Soldiers Chardonnay, Rustenberg

The Five Soldiers vineyard is named after five tall stone pine trees known as the 'Five Soldiers' that tower over this site at Rustenberg.

Carefully-selected Chardonnay bunches are hand harvested for this special wine and then given royal treatment in the cellar. Characters of ripe citrus, melon and peach with great minerality are rounded out by well-judged oaking. A very complex wine with a long and creamy finish and a good acid backbone.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.0 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.0 g/L

pH

3.41

ACIDITY

5.8 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Murray Barlow

VARIETY

Chardonnay

HARVEST DATE

February 2014

BOTTLED DATE

August 2015

FINED USING

Isinglass

TIME IN OAK

15 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 that resulted 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

After hand harvesting, the grapes were whole bunch pressed before fermentation in 300L French oak Hogshead barrels (70% new, 30% second fill) using wild yeasts. The wine underwent full malolactic fermentation and was aged on its lees for 15 months.

Awards

Veritas: Double Gold
IWSC 2016: Silver Outstanding
Decanter: 91 pts

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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Located at 400 metres and showing a freshness that’s derived from the breezes blowing off False Bay, Five Soldiers combines ripeness and texture with focus.

Tim Atkin MW

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Five Soldiers Chardonnay, Rustenberg

The Five Soldiers vineyard is named after five tall stone pine trees known as the 'Five Soldiers' that tower over this site at Rustenberg.

Carefully-selected Chardonnay bunches are hand harvested for this special wine and then given royal treatment in the cellar. Characters of ripe citrus, melon and peach with great minerality are rounded out by well-judged oaking. A very complex wine with a long and creamy finish and a good acid backbone.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.5 g/L

pH

3.38

ACIDITY

5.9 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Murray Barlow

VARIETY

Chardonnay

HARVEST DATE

February 2013

BOTTLED DATE

August 2014

FINED USING

Isinglass

TIME IN OAK

15 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

Vintage conditions

The vines emerged from a cold, wet winter and enjoyed even budding in the spring of 2012. Strong winds in early summer affected the yields and canopies of some varieties but cool and consistent weather in early 2013 resulted in later than usual ripening. The cool growing season meant the grapes reaching their flavour ripeness with low sugars resulting in medium-bodied, elegant wines being produced.

Vinification details

After hand harvesting, the grapes were whole bunch pressed before fermentation in 300L French oak Hogshead barrels (70% new, 30% second fill) using wild yeasts. The wine underwent full malolactic fermentation and was aged on its lees for 15 months.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 90 pts
Old Mutual: Miele Trophy for Best Chardonnay

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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