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Petit Verdot Rosé, Rustenberg

Petit Verdot was first planted on Rustenberg in the early 2000s and is now a staple in the John X Merriman Bordeaux style blend – it makes a great rosé too!

This rosé exhibits aromas and flavours of red fruits: strawberries, cranberries and red cherries rounded by a fresh clean palate and food friendly palate weight.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

7.2 g/L

pH

3.41

ACIDITY

5.4 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Murray Barlow

VARIETY

Petit Verdot

HARVEST DATE

February 2020

BOTTLED DATE

October 2020

FINED USING

Isinglass & Bentonite

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

No

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 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 wine tends to be more medium-bodied with moderate alcohols, good freshness and supple tannins.

Vinification details

Grapes were hand-picked, de-stemmed and pressed into stainless steel tanks for fermentation where the juice was inoculated with a cultured active dry wine yeast.

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

 

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Petit Verdot Rosé, Rustenberg

Petit Verdot was first planted on Rustenberg in the early 2000s and is now a staple in the John X Merriman Bordeaux style blend – it makes a great rosé too!

This rosé exhibits aromas and flavours of red fruits: strawberries, cranberries and red cherries rounded by a fresh clean palate and food friendly palate weight.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

7.5 g/L

pH

3.31

ACIDITY

5.5 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

VARIETY

Petit Verdot

HARVEST DATE

February 2019

FINED USING

Isinglass, Bentonite

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

No

CLOSURE

Screw top

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

Grapes were hand-picked, de-stemmed and pressed into stainless steel tanks for fermentation where the juice was inoculated with a cultured active dry wine yeast.

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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Petit Verdot Rosé, Rustenberg

Petit Verdot was first planted on Rustenberg in the early 2000s and is now a staple in the John X Merriman Bordeaux style blend – it makes a great rosé too!

This rosé exhibits aromas and flavours of red fruits: strawberries, cranberries and red cherries rounded by a fresh clean palate and food friendly palate weight.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

6.5 g/L

pH

3.38

ACIDITY

5.4 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Murray Barlow

VARIETY

Petit Verdot

HARVEST DATE

February 2018

FINED USING

Isinglass, Bentonite

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

No

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

VEGETARIAN

Yes

VEGAN

Yes

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

Grapes were hand-picked, de-stemmed and pressed into stainless steel tanks for fermentation where the juice was inoculated with a cultured active dry wine yeast.

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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Lovely and crisp in the mouth with sweet and friendly characters.

International Wine & Spirits Competition

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Petit Verdot Rosé, Rustenberg

Petit Verdot was first planted on Rustenberg in the early 2000s and is now a staple in the John X Merriman Bordeaux style blend – it makes a great rosé too!

This rosé exhibits aromas and flavours of red fruits: strawberries, cranberries and red cherries rounded by a fresh clean palate and food friendly palate weight.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

6.0 g/L

pH

3.38

ACIDITY

5.2 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Murray Barlow

VARIETY

Petit Verdot

HARVEST DATE

February 2015

BOTTLED DATE

June 2015

FINED USING

Isinglass

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

No

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

Hand-picked, de-stemmed and pressed into stainless steel tanks for fermentation where the juice was inoculated with a cultured active dry wine yeast. Fined with isinglass and bentonite before bottling.

Awards

IWSC 2015: Silver Outstanding
Michelangelo Awards 2015: Gold

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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