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RM Nicholson, Rustenberg

Named after a former Rustenberg owner-winemaker, Reginald (Reg) Merriman Nicholson, who lived and worked on the farm for 30 years.

Blackcurrant aromas are complemented by scents of dried herbs and notes of black pepper and spice, followed by a palate with serious structure from the Bordeaux varieties (30% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon) and finishing off with softness from 50% Shiraz.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.0 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

3.0 g/L

pH

3.70

ACIDITY

5.3 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Murray Barlow

VARIETY

Red Blend

HARVEST DATE

March 2020

BOTTLED DATE

January 2021

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

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 tonne. 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 and American oak barrels for 16 months’ maturation.

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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RM Nicholson, Rustenberg

Named after a former Rustenberg owner-winemaker, Reginald (Reg) Merriman Nicholson, who lived and worked on the farm for 30 years.

Blackcurrant aromas are complemented by scents of dried herbs and notes of black pepper and spice, followed by a palate with serious structure from the Bordeaux varieties and finishing off with softness from the Shiraz. A blend of 50% Shiraz, 30% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.0 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

3.1 g/L

pH

3.49

ACIDITY

5.7 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

VARIETY

Red Blend

HARVEST DATE

March 2018

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

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 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 and American oak barrels for 16 months’ maturation.

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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... lots of sweet, plummy, spicy fruit and appealing chocolatey oak.

Tim Atkin MW

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RM Nicholson, Rustenberg

Named after a former Rustenberg owner-winemaker, Reginald (Reg) Merriman Nicholson, who lived and worked on the farm for 30 years.

A blend of 50% Shiraz, 30% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. Blackcurrant aromas are complemented by scents of dried herbs and notes of black pepper and spice, followed by a palate with serious structure from the Bordeaux varieties and finishing off with softness from the Shiraz.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.0 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.7 g/L

pH

3.46

ACIDITY

5.8 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Murray Barlow

VARIETY

Red Blend

HARVEST DATE

March 2016

BOTTLED DATE

October 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 and American oak barrels for 16 months’ maturation.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 91 pts
DWWA 2018: Silver
IWSC 2018: Silver

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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RM Nicholson, Rustenberg

Named after a former Rustenberg owner-winemaker, Reginald (Reg) Merriman Nicholson, who lived and worked on the farm for 30 years.

A blend of 50% Shiraz, 30% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. Blackcurrant aromas are complemented by scents of dried herbs and notes of black pepper and spice, followed by a palate with serious structure from the Bordeaux varieties and finishing off with softness from the Shiraz.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.4 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.7 g/L

pH

3.59

ACIDITY

5.8 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Murray Barlow

VARIETY

Red Blend

HARVEST DATE

March 2015

BOTTLED DATE

November 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 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 seven days. After primary fermentation the wine was transferred to 20% new and 80% second-, third-, fourth- and fifth-fill French and American oak barrels for 16 months’ maturation.

Awards

Winning wine for Murray Barlow, Winner of Diner’s Club Young Winemaker of 2016
IWC 2017: Silver

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

 

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RM Nicholson, Rustenberg

Named after a former Rustenberg owner-winemaker, Reginald (Reg) Merriman Nicholson, who lived and worked on the farm for 30 years.

A blend of 50% Shiraz, 29% Merlot and 21% Cabernet Sauvignon. Blackcurrant aromas are complemented by scents of dried herbs and notes of black pepper and spice, followed by a palate with serious structure from the Bordeaux varieties and finishing off with softness from the Shiraz.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.0 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

3.1 g/L

pH

3.54

ACIDITY

6.3 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Murray Barlow

VARIETY

Red Blend

HARVEST DATE

March 2014

BOTTLED DATE

September 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 and American oak barrels for 16 months’ maturation.

Awards

IWSC 2016: Silver

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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Contact us to discuss