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Peter Barlow bought the Rustenberg farm in 1941, reuniting the property, restoring its buildings and investing in its potential to make world class wines.

The oldest Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard on the estate is named the Peter Barlow block and consistently produces powerful, long-lived Cabernet Sauvignon that is given the best possible treatment in the cellar. Concentrated cassis, black cherries and some herbaceousness can be found on the nose and palate. Rustenberg recommend decanting Peter Barlow before drinking.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

3.7 g/L

pH

3.65

ACIDITY

5.6 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Murray Barlow

VARIETY

Cabernet Sauvignon

HARVEST DATE

March 2018

FINED USING

Egg white

TIME IN OAK

24 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Simonsberg

VEGETARIAN

Yes

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.

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 two weeks. After primary fermentation the wine was transferred to oak barriques (64% new, 36% second- and third-fill French oak barrels) for 24 months’ maturation.

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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What a wine! I can't remember tasting a better young Peter Barlow than this...

Tim Atkin MW

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Peter Barlow bought the Rustenberg farm in 1941, reuniting the property, restoring its buildings and investing in its potential to make world class wines.

The oldest Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard on the estate is named the Peter Barlow block and consistently produces powerful, long-lived Cabernet Sauvignon that is given the best possible treatment in the cellar. Concentrated cassis, black cherries and some herbaceousness can be found on the nose and palate. Rustenberg recommend decanting Peter Barlow before drinking.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.9 g/L

pH

3.63

ACIDITY

6.3 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Murray Barlow

VARIETY

Cabernet Sauvignon

HARVEST DATE

March 2017

FINED USING

Egg white

TIME IN OAK

24 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

VEGETARIAN

Yes

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

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 two weeks. After primary fermentation the wine was transferred to oak barriques (64% new, 36% second- and third-fill French oak barrels) for 24 months’ maturation.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 96 pts

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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... buy this now if you’re a fan - it’s a serious, ambitious red with cassis, cigar box and dark plum flavours and layers of ageworthy tannins.

Tim Atkin MW

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Peter Barlow bought the Rustenberg farm in 1941, reuniting the property, restoring its buildings and investing in its potential to make world class wines.

The oldest Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard on the estate is named the Peter Barlow block and consistently produces powerful, long-lived Cabernet Sauvignon that is given the best possible treatment in the cellar. Concentrated cassis, black cherries and some herbaceousness can be found on the nose and palate. Rustenberg recommend decanting Peter Barlow before drinking.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

3.0 g/L

pH

3.57

ACIDITY

6.3 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Murray Barlow

VARIETY

Cabernet Sauvignon

HARVEST DATE

March 2015

BOTTLED DATE

May 2017

FINED USING

Egg white

TIME IN OAK

24 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

No

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

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 two weeks. After primary fermentation the wine was transferred to oak barriques (64% new, 36% second- and third-fill French oak barrels) for 24 months’ maturation.

Awards

DWWA 2018: Platinum
Tim Atkin MW: 93 pts

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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Big, bold, serious and built to age in bottle, this is a compact, weighty Cabernet Sauvignon...

Tim Atkin MW

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Peter Barlow bought the Rustenberg farm in 1941, reuniting the property, restoring its buildings and investing in its potential to make world class wines.

The oldest Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard on the estate is named the Peter Barlow block and consistently produces powerful, long-lived Cabernet Sauvignon that is given the best possible treatment in the cellar. Concentrated cassis, black cherries and some herbaceousness can be found on the nose and palate. Rustenberg recommend decanting Peter Barlow before drinking.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

3.4 g/L

pH

3.64

ACIDITY

5.8 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Murray Barlow

VARIETY

Cabernet Sauvignon

HARVEST DATE

March 2013

BOTTLED DATE

October 2015

FINED USING

Egg

TIME IN OAK

24 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

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 reached their flavour ripeness with low sugars resulting in medium-bodied, elegant 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 two weeks. After primary fermentation the wine was transferred to oak barriques (64% new, 36% second- and third-fill French oak barrels) for 24 months’ maturation.

Awards

eRobertParker.com: 92 pts
Tim Atkin MW: 92 pts
IWSC 2017: Silver Outstanding

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

Have a trade enquiry?
Contact us to discuss

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Peter Barlow bought the Rustenberg farm in 1941, reuniting the property, restoring its buildings and investing in its potential to make world class wines.

The oldest Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard on the estate is named the Peter Barlow block and consistently produces powerful, long-lived Cabernet Sauvignon that is given the best possible treatment in the cellar. Concentrated cassis, black cherries and some herbaceousness can be found on the nose and palate. Rustenberg recommend decanting Peter Barlow before drinking.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.0 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.8 g/L

pH

3.57

ACIDITY

5.8 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Murray Barlow

VARIETY

Cabernet Sauvignon

HARVEST DATE

March 2011

BOTTLED DATE

June 2013

FINED USING

Egg

TIME IN OAK

24 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

Vintage conditions

Despite a dry winter, there was plenty of water when required in the hot summer months to get the vineyards to mature naturally without excessive irrigation. Good vineyard canopies allowed optimum light penetration for uniform ripening and development of good colour and flavour. At harvest, the berries came in at lovely low sugars due to cool conditions and were packed with flavour.

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 two weeks. After primary fermentation the wine was transferred to oak barriques (64% new, 36% second- and third-fill French oak barrels) for 24 months’ maturation.

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

Have a trade enquiry?
Contact us to discuss

... this pure Cabernet Sauvignon always reminds me of the structure of a Saint-Estèphe.

Tim Atkin MW

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Peter Barlow bought the Rustenberg farm in 1941, reuniting the property, restoring its buildings and investing in its potential to make world class wines.

The oldest Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard on the estate is named the Peter Barlow block and consistently produces powerful, long-lived Cabernet Sauvignon that is given the best possible treatment in the cellar. Concentrated cassis, black cherries and some herbaceousness can be found on the nose and palate. Rustenberg recommend decanting Peter Barlow before drinking.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.0 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

4.1 g/L

pH

3.60

ACIDITY

6.1 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Murray Barlow

VARIETY

Cabernet Sauvignon

HARVEST DATE

March 2010

BOTTLED DATE

June 2012

FINED USING

Egg

TIME IN OAK

24 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

Vintage conditions

A cold, wet winter in 2009 allowed for the lovely, even budding of the vineyards during spring, and the warm, sunny days that followed in summer resulted in great flavour and colour development in the berries. Full fruit flavours and soft tannins, together with good aromatics and ideal acidity, made 2010 an excellent vintage.

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 two weeks. After primary fermentation the wine was transferred to oak barriques (64% new, 36% second- and third-fill French oak barrels) for 24 months’ maturation.

Awards

IWSC 2016: Gold
Veritas: Gold
Six Nations Challenge 2016: Trophy for Best Cabernet Sauvignon
Tim Atkin MW: 91 pts

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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Peter Barlow bought the Rustenberg farm in 1941, reuniting the property, restoring its buildings and investing in its potential to make world class wines.

The oldest Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard on the estate is named the Peter Barlow block and consistently produces powerful, long-lived Cabernet Sauvignon that is given the best possible treatment in the cellar. The 2009 vintage shows concentrated cassis, black cherries and some herbaceousness on the nose and palate. Rustenberg recommend decanting Peter Barlow before drinking.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.4 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

1.2 g/L

pH

3.60

ACIDITY

6.4 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Murray Barlow

VARIETY

Cabernet Sauvignon

HARVEST DATE

March 2009

BOTTLED DATE

June 2011

FINED USING

Egg

TIME IN OAK

24 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Yes

CLOSURE

Cork

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

Vintage conditions

The 2009 vintage has been hailed as one of the best vintages of the decade. Following on from a normal cold, wet winter was a spring that allowed balanced growth and rain at the right times. The summer was warm but devoid of heat waves and the small, later ripening crop of fruit that arrived in the cellar was seamless, requiring the winemaking team to simply guide the wines through the cellar with little intervention. The result: balanced, opulent and age-able 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 two weeks. After primary fermentation the wine was transferred to oak barriques (64% new, 36% second- and third-fill French oak barrels) for 24 months’ maturation.

Awards

IWSC 2015: Silver
eRobertParker.com: 93 pts
Tim Atkin MW: 91 pts
Old Mutual International Judges’ Trophy
Veritas: Double Gold

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

Have a trade enquiry?
Contact us to discuss