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Rustenberg

Pale and aromatic, this is a very gently wooded Sauvignon Blanc [...] which relies on fruit quality and lees contact rather than its 12% new wood.

Tim Atkin MW

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The Rustenberg Wild Ferment Sauvignon Blanc is grown at some of the highest altitudes that vineyards are grown in the Stellenbosch region; just over 550m above sea level.

Intrinsic Sauvignon Blanc characteristics of melon, white peach, gooseberry, and underlying tones of pineapple and passion fruit, sustained on a rich, rounded palate with well-integrated oak.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.0 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

3.5 g/L

pH

3.39

ACIDITY

5.2 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

VARIETY

Sauvignon Blanc

HARVEST DATE

February 2019

FINED USING

Isinglass, Bentonite

TIME IN OAK

6 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Partial

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Simonsberg-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 crushed, de-stemmed and pressed before fermentation in French oak barrels with a wild yeast. Following fermentation, the wine spent six month on its lees in 12% new oak, 88% 2nd- and 3rd-fill, prior to bottling.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 91 pts
DWWA: Silver

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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This is enjoyably savoury and attractive, with yeasty complexity, lemongrass and gooseberry fruit and a tangy, pithy finish.

Tim Atkin MW

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The Rustenberg Wild Ferment Sauvignon Blanc is grown at some of the highest altitudes that vineyards are grown in the Stellenbosch region; just over 550m above sea level.

Intrinsic Sauvignon Blanc characteristics of melon, white peach, gooseberry, and underlying tones of pineapple and passion fruit, sustained on a rich, rounded palate with well-integrated oak.

Technical analysis

ALCOHOL

13.5 %

RESIDUAL SUGAR

4.1 g/L

pH

3.28

ACIDITY

6.0 g/L

ORIGIN

South Africa

VARIETY

Sauvignon Blanc

HARVEST DATE

February 2018

FINED USING

Isinglass, Bentonite

TIME IN OAK

6 months

MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION

Partial

CLOSURE

Screw top

BOTTLE SIZE

75cl

REGION

Simonsberg-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 fruit forward, expressive whites.

Vinification details

After hand harvesting, the grapes were crushed, de-stemmed and pressed before fermentation in French oak barrels with a wild yeast. Following fermentation, the wine spent six month on its lees in 12% new oak, 88% 2nd- and 3rd-fill, prior to bottling.

Awards

Tim Atkin MW: 90 pts
DWWA: Silver

Green credentials

Accredited Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) estate.

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Contact us to discuss