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Roussanne, Rustenberg

Rustenberg is a true pioneer of Roussanne in South Africa, importing the first plants in the late 1990s and producing the first single varietal wine in 2004.

This wine has a fragrant perfume of lilies, as well as peach and apricot fruit with complex flavours of green apple, which are also evident on the palate. Characters of sweeter pineapple flesh out the mid-palate and give weight to a peppery finish with great minerality.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.0 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

4.1 g/L

pH

3.47

ACIDITY

5.1 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

VARIETY

Roussanne

HARVEST DATE

March 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 harvest was not impacted on Rustenberg 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.

Vinification details

After hand harvesting, the grapes were whole bunch pressed before fermentation in stainless steel tanks. Following fermentation, the wine spent a month on its lees prior to bottling.

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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Roussanne, Rustenberg

Rustenberg is a true pioneer of Roussanne in South Africa, importing the first plants in the late 1990s and producing the first single varietal wine in 2004.

This wine has a fragrant perfume of lilies, as well as peach and apricot fruit with complex flavours of green apple, which are also evident on the palate. Characters of sweeter pineapple flesh out the mid-palate and give weight to a peppery finish with great minerality.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.2 g/L

pH

3.41

ACIDITY

5.7 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Murray Barlow

VARIETY

Roussanne

HARVEST DATE

March 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

After hand harvesting, the grapes were whole bunch pressed before fermentation in stainless steel tanks. Following fermentation, the wine spent a month on its lees prior to bottling.

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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Roussanne, Rustenberg

Rustenberg is a true pioneer of Roussanne in South Africa, importing the first plants in the late 1990s and producing the first single varietal wine in 2004.

This wine has a fragrant perfume of lilies, as well as peach and apricot fruit with complex flavours of green apple, which are also evident on the palate. Characters of sweeter pineapple flesh out the mid-palate and give weight to a peppery finish with great minerality.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

1.2 g/L

pH

3.29

ACIDITY

5.8 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Murray Barlow

VARIETY

Roussanne

HARVEST DATE

March 2018

BOTTLED DATE

August 2018

FINED USING

Isinglass

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

No

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 stainless steel tanks. Following fermentation, the wine spent a month on its lees prior to bottling.

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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Roussanne, Rustenberg

Rustenberg is a true pioneer of Roussanne in South Africa, importing the first plants in the late 1990s and producing the first single varietal wine in 2004.

This wine has a fragrant perfume of lilies, as well as peach and apricot fruit with complex flavours of green apple, which are also evident on the palate. Characters of sweeter pineapple flesh out the mid-palate and give weight to a peppery finish with great minerality.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

4.4 g/L

pH

3.44

ACIDITY

5.1 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Murray Barlow

VARIETY

Roussanne

HARVEST DATE

March 2017

BOTTLED DATE

August 2017

FINED USING

Isinglass

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

No

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

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 stainless steel tanks. Following fermentation, the wine spent a month on its lees prior to bottling.

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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Roussanne, Rustenberg

Rustenberg is a true pioneer of Roussanne in South Africa, importing the first plants in the late 1990s and producing the first single varietal wine in 2004.

This wine has a fragrant perfume of lilies, as well as peach and apricot fruit with complex flavours of green apple, which are also evident on the palate. Characters of sweeter pineapple flesh out the mid-palate and give weight to a peppery finish with great minerality.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

14.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.0 g/L

pH

5.44

ACIDITY

5.4 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Murray Barlow

VARIETY

Roussanne

HARVEST DATE

March 2015

BOTTLED DATE

September 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

After hand harvesting, the grapes were whole bunch pressed before fermentation in stainless steel tanks. Following fermentation, the wine spent a month on its lees prior to bottling.

Awards

DWWA 2016: Silver

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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