Rust En Vrede Estate Wine 2016
The 2016 Rust En Vrede Estate Wine is a blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Shiraz and 11% Merlot. It is a deep crimson red, with aromas of tobacco, ceder wood and spice prominent on the nose, along with blueberry fruit and hints of creamy cheesecake. The palate shows classic blackberry and plum flavours with a dark chocolate core wrapped with approachable tannins and a dry, lengthy finish.
Country: South Africa
Region: Coastal Region
Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah/Shiraz, Merlot
Bottle Size: 75cl
Closure: Natural cork
Style: Beating the Aussies at their own game
Drink With: A well-aged piece of beef cooked or any red meat dishes
Rust En Vrede Estate Wine is grown on Tukulu soil that is derived from Helderberg granite. It is a mixture of decomposed granite and Table Mountain sandstone – deep and red in colour, showing good water retention which allows for only moderate vine stress during dry years.
Following fermentation, the Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot grapes were vinified separately. They were matured in 85% French and 15% American oak barrels for 18 months, and then for a further 12 months in the bottle before release.
Why we like this wine
Believe it or not, this blend was as used in Bordeaux a century or so ago when wines were often given a healthy dollop of wine brought in from the Rhone Valley to counteract the unripe Cabernet Sauvignon. Here it has been superbly crafted and shows plenty of ripe fruit flavours without being overblown. The oak element is well integrated and doesn't detract from the fine fruit. As you would expect from South Africa, the wine is great for drinking now but has plenty of life ahead of it.
- Stylish and very classy
- Packed with dark fruit
- Good for now or laying down