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Sauvignon Blanc, Rustenberg

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Technical Analysis
Alcohol
13.5
Residual sugar
3.2
pH
3.40
Acidity
6.1
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Rustenberg Stellenbosch Sauvignon Blanc is grown at some of the highest altitudes that vineyards are grown at in the region; just over 550m above sea level.
Tasting note

The intrinsic Sauvignon Blanc characteristics of tropical fruits, melon and gooseberry, with underlying tones of pineapple and passion fruit sustained on a fresh, crisp and well-balanced palate with prodigious length.

Origin
South Africa
Variety
Sauvignon Blanc
Malolactic Fermentation
No
Bottle Size
75cl
Vegetarian
No
Winemaker
Murray Barlow
Fined Using
Isinglass & Bentonite
Closure
Screw top
Region
Stellenbosch
Vegan
No

Vintage conditions

The winter of 2021 was very cold and wet following a warm autumn. Bud burst was late and the cold, wet weather continued into Spring, requiring careful disease and canopy management. The cool, wet weather extended until the middle of December. These cold conditions meant that the white varietals had very healthy acid levels going into the harvest, while the abundance of water increased yields. From the middle of December onwards the weather warmed up considerably with three heatwaves being experienced in January and one in February. This warm weather helped to ripen the fruit fully and we picked slightly later than average. 2022, like 2021, is an excellent white wine vintage. It has the freshness of the cool growing season combined with the fruit expression of a warm end to the vintage and moderate alcohols thanks to the higher yields. The marathon vintage ended in late April and was the biggest and longest vintage in Rustenberg’s history.

Vinification details

Grapes were hand harvested before being crushed, de-stemmed and pressed into stainless steel tanks for fermentation. Made without the influence of oak, the wine was aged on its lees for two to three months to add further palate weight and complexity to balance out the natural acidity.

 

Technical Analysis
Alcohol
13.5
Residual sugar
3.3
pH
3.29
Acidity
6.2
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Rustenberg Stellenbosch Sauvignon Blanc is grown at some of the highest altitudes that vineyards are grown at in the region; just over 550m above sea level.
Tasting note

The intrinsic Sauvignon Blanc characteristics of tropical fruits, melon and gooseberry, with underlying tones of pineapple and passion fruit sustained on a fresh, crisp and well-balanced palate with prodigious length.

Origin
South Africa
Variety
Sauvignon Blanc
Malolactic Fermentation
No
Bottle Size
75cl
Vegetarian
No
Winemaker
Murray Barlow
Fined Using
Isinglass & Bentonite
Closure
Screw top
Region
Stellenbosch
Vegan
No

Vintage conditions

The 2021 vintage was produced with the challenges of COVID-19 ever present. The winter of 2020 started late after a warm autumn and was cold with plenty of rain. The cool and wet conditions extended well into spring, through summer and much of the harvest season. The result of these conditions was slow, steady, stress-free vineyard growth and fruit development. White grape yields were lower than average due to the impact of the weather during critical stages in fruit development. The white wines from the vintage ripened two weeks later than in 2020 and achieved full ripeness at lower sugar levels; producing wines with lower alcohols, excellent acidity and brilliant flavour development.

Vinification details

Grapes were hand harvested before being crushed, de-stemmed and pressed into stainless steel tanks for fermentation. Made without the influence of oak, the wine was aged on its lees for two to three months to add further palate weight and complexity to balance out the natural acidity.

Awards

Platter: 4*

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

 

Technical Analysis
Alcohol
13.5
Residual sugar
2.9
pH
3.25
Acidity
6.0
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Rustenberg Stellenbosch Sauvignon Blanc is grown at some of the highest altitudes that vineyards are grown at in the region; just over 550m above sea level.
Tasting note

The nose displays intrinsic Sauvignon Blanc characteristics of tropical fruits, melon and gooseberry, with underlying tones of pineapple and passion fruit sustained on a fresh, crisp and well-balanced palate with prodigious length.

Origin
South Africa
Variety
Sauvignon Blanc
Malolactic Fermentation
No
Bottle Size
75cl
Vegetarian
No
Winemaker
Murray Barlow
Fined Using
Isinglass, Bentonite
Closure
Screw top
Region
Simonsberg-Stellenbosch
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

Grapes were hand harvested before being crushed, de-stemmed and pressed into stainless steel tanks for fermentation. Made without the influence of oak, the wine was aged on its lees for two to three months to add further palate weight and complexity to balance out the natural acidity.

Awards

DWWA: Silver

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

Technical Analysis
Alcohol
13.0
Residual sugar
1.9
pH
3.31
Acidity
6.0
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Rustenberg Stellenbosch Sauvignon Blanc is grown at some of the highest altitudes that vineyards are grown at in the region; just over 550m above sea level.
Tasting note

The nose displays intrinsic Sauvignon Blanc characteristics of tropical fruits, melon and gooseberry, with underlying tones of pineapple and passion fruit sustained on a fresh, crisp and well-balanced palate with prodigious length.

Origin
South Africa
Variety
Sauvignon Blanc
Malolactic Fermentation
No
Bottle Size
75cl
Vegetarian
No
Winemaker
Murray Barlow
Fined Using
Isinglass, Bentonite
Closure
Screw top
Region
Stellenbosch
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 harvested before being crushed, de-stemmed and pressed into stainless steel tanks for fermentation. Made without the influence of oak, the wine was aged on its lees for two to three months to add further palate weight and complexity to balance out the natural acidity.

Awards

IWC: Silver

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

Technical Analysis
Alcohol
13.5
Residual sugar
2.4
pH
3.17
Acidity
6.4
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Rustenberg Stellenbosch Sauvignon Blanc is grown at some of the highest altitudes that vineyards are grown at in the region; just over 550m above sea level.
Tasting note

The nose displays intrinsic Sauvignon Blanc characteristics of tropical fruits, melon and gooseberry, with underlying tones of pineapple and passion fruit sustained on a fresh, crisp and well-balanced palate with prodigious length.

Origin
South Africa
Variety
Sauvignon Blanc
Malolactic Fermentation
No
Bottle Size
75cl
Vegetarian
No
Winemaker
Murray Barlow
Fined Using
Isinglass
Closure
Screw top
Region
Stellenbosch
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 harvested before being crushed, de-stemmed and pressed into stainless steel tanks for fermentation. Made without the influence of oak, the wine was aged on its lees for two to three months to add further palate weight and complexity to balance out the natural acidity.

Awards

IWSC 2018: Silver Outstanding

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

Technical Analysis
Alcohol
13.5
Residual sugar
1.4
pH
3.29
Acidity
5.3
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Rustenberg Stellenbosch Sauvignon Blanc is grown at some of the highest altitudes that vineyards are grown at in the region; just over 550m above sea level.
Tasting note

The nose displays intrinsic Sauvignon Blanc characteristics of tropical fruits, melon and gooseberry, with underlying tones of pineapple and passion fruit sustained on a fresh, crisp and well-balanced palate with prodigious length.

Origin
South Africa
Variety
Sauvignon Blanc
Malolactic Fermentation
No
Bottle Size
75cl
Vegetarian
No
Winemaker
Murray Barlow
Fined Using
Isinglass
Closure
Screw top
Region
Stellenbosch
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 harvested before being crushed, de-stemmed and pressed into stainless steel tanks for fermentation. Made without the influence of oak, the wines are aged on their lees for two to three months to add further palate weight and complexity to balance out the wines’ natural acidity.

Awards

DWWA 2017: Silver

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

Technical Analysis
Alcohol
13.5
Residual sugar
2.6
pH
3.28
Acidity
5.6
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Rustenberg Stellenbosch Sauvignon Blanc is grown at some of the highest altitudes that vineyards are grown at in the region; just over 550m above sea level.
Tasting note

The nose displays intrinsic Sauvignon Blanc characteristics of tropical fruits, melon and gooseberry, with underlying tones of pineapple and passion fruit sustained on a fresh, crisp and well-balanced palate with prodigious length.

Origin
South Africa
Variety
Sauvignon Blanc
Malolactic Fermentation
No
Bottle Size
75cl
Vegetarian
No
Winemaker
Murray Barlow
Fined Using
Isinglass
Closure
Screw top
Region
Stellenbosch
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 harvested before being crushed, de-stemmed and pressed into stainless steel tanks for fermentation. Made without the influence of oak, the wines are aged on their lees for further palate weight and complexity to balance out the wines’ natural acidity.

Awards

IWC 2016: Silver
Veritas: Silver

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.