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Sauvignon Blanc, Rustenberg

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.

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.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

3.3 g/L

pH

3.29

ACIDITY

6.2 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Murray Barlow

VARIETY

Sauvignon Blanc

HARVEST DATE

February 2021

BOTTLED DATE

July 2021

FINED USING

Isinglass & Bentonite

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

No

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

VEGETARIAN

No

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.

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

 

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A bright and fresh palate with [...] a round mouthfeel and long finish.

DWWA 2021

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Sauvignon Blanc, Rustenberg

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.

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.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.9 g/L

pH

3.25

ACIDITY

6.0 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Murray Barlow

VARIETY

Sauvignon Blanc

FINED USING

Isinglass, Bentonite

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

No

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Simonsberg-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

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.

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Sauvignon Blanc, Rustenberg

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.

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.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.0 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

1.9 g/L

pH

3.31

ACIDITY

6.0 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Murray Barlow

VARIETY

Sauvignon Blanc

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 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.

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Sauvignon Blanc, Rustenberg

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.

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.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.4 g/L

pH

3.17

ACIDITY

6.4 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Murray Barlow

VARIETY

Sauvignon Blanc

HARVEST DATE

February 2018

BOTTLED DATE

June 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

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.

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Sauvignon Blanc, Rustenberg

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.

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.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

1.4 g/L

pH

3.29

ACIDITY

5.3 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Murray Barlow

VARIETY

Sauvignon Blanc

HARVEST DATE

February 2016

BOTTLED DATE

June 2016

FINED USING

Isinglass

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

No

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

VEGETARIAN

No

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.

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Sauvignon Blanc, Rustenberg

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.

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.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

2.6 g/L

pH

3.28

ACIDITY

5.6 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

WINEMAKER

Murray Barlow

VARIETY

Sauvignon Blanc

HARVEST DATE

February 2015

BOTTLED DATE

June 2015

FINED USING

Isinglass

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

No

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Stellenbosch

VEGETARIAN

No

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.

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