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Rustenberg Straw Wine

£10.85

Rustenberg Straw Wine shows luscious raisin, honey and green mango fruit on the nose and palate, with a wonderfully refreshing sugar and acid balance that makes it a wine to enjoy both on its own and with either sweet or savoury desserts.

Country: South Africa
Region: Coastal Region
Subregion: Stellenbosch
Vintage: 2018
Colour: White
Grape Variety: Chenin Blanc, Viognier
ABV: 10.5%
Bottle Size: 37.5cl
Closure: Screwcap
Style: Luscious but fresh
Drink With: A piece of Gorgonzola and a handful of walnuts

Rustenberg made this straw wine using a centuries old process of drying grapes on straw in order to produce dessert style wines. Grapes are harvested at the same level of ripeness required to make table wine and are then laid out on straw for a number of weeks. This allows the grapes to slowly dehydrate, concentrating their natural sugar, acid and flavour. The straw also acts as a wick for any excess moisture, ensuring that the grapes do not rot as they dry. After gently pressing the dehydrated grapes, the concentrated juice is slowly fermented and aged in old oak barrels to create a balanced, luscious dessert wine.