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Merlot has been a mainstay red grape variety on Rustenberg since the late 1970s where its lead role has been to complement Cabernet Sauvignon in blends.

Rich aromas of blackberries, cassis, eucalyptus and dark chocolate follow through to a smooth palate that is both balanced and well-rounded with fine grained tannins.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.0 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

3.0 g/L

pH

3.49

ACIDITY

5.6 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Murray Barlow

VARIETY

Merlot

HARVEST DATE

March 2019

BOTTLED DATE

June 2020

FINED USING

Egg White

TIME IN OAK

11 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 20% new and 80% second-, third-, fourth- and fifth-fill French 225L oak barrels for 11 months’ maturation.

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

 

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Merlot has been a mainstay red grape variety on Rustenberg since the late 1970s where its lead role has been to complement Cabernet Sauvignon in blends.

Rich aromas of blackberries, cassis, eucalyptus and dark chocolate follow through to a smooth palate that is both balanced and well-rounded with fine grained tannins.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.0 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

3.2 g/L

pH

3.47

ACIDITY

6.0 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Murray Barlow

VARIETY

Merlot

HARVEST DATE

March 2017

FINED USING

Egg white

TIME IN OAK

11 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

No

Vintage conditions

2018 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.

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 20% new and 80% second-, third-, fourth- and fifth-fill French 225L oak barrels for 11 months’ maturation.

Awards

IWSC: Silver

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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Merlot has been a mainstay red grape variety on Rustenberg since the late 1970s where its lead role has been to complement Cabernet Sauvignon in blends.

Rich aromas of blackberries, cassis, eucalyptus and dark chocolate follow through to a smooth palate that is both balanced and well-rounded with fine grained tannins.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.0 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.5 g/L

pH

3.52

ACIDITY

5.9 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Murray Barlow

VARIETY

Merlot

HARVEST DATE

March 2016

BOTTLED DATE

August 2017

FINED USING

Egg white

TIME IN OAK

16 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

No

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

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 20% new and 80% second-, third-, fourth- and fifth-fill French 225L oak barrels for 16 months’ maturation.

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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Merlot has been a mainstay red grape variety on Rustenberg since the late 1970s where its lead role has been to complement Cabernet Sauvignon in blends.

Rich aromas of blackberries, cassis, eucalyptus and dark chocolate follow through to a smooth palate that is both balanced and well-rounded with fine grained tannins.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.0 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

3.2 g/L

pH

3.57

ACIDITY

5.8 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Murray Barlow

VARIETY

Merlot

HARVEST DATE

March 2015

BOTTLED DATE

August 2016

FINED USING

Egg

TIME IN OAK

16 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 was 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

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 20% new and 80% second-, third-, fourth- and fifth-fill French 225L oak barrels for 16 months’ maturation.

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

Have a trade enquiry?
Contact us to discuss

Download full size images

Merlot has been a mainstay red grape variety on Rustenberg since the late 1970s where its lead role has been to complement Cabernet Sauvignon in blends.

Rich aromas of blackberries, cassis, eucalyptus and dark chocolate follow through to a smooth palate that is both balanced and well rounded with fine-grained tannins.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.0 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

3.0 g/L

pH

3.64

ACIDITY

5.5 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Murray Barlow

VARIETY

Merlot

HARVEST DATE

March 2014

BOTTLED DATE

August 2015

FINED USING

Egg

TIME IN OAK

16 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. Reds from this vintage display restraint and finesse.

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 20% new and 80% second-, third-, fourth- and fifth-fill French 225L oak barrels for 16 months’ maturation.

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

Have a trade enquiry?
Contact us to discuss