Rustenberg Five Soldiers Chardonnay

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Rustenberg Five Soldiers Chardonnay has characters of ripe citrus, melon and peach with great minerality, rounded out by the well-judged use of oak. A full bodied and very complex wine with a long and creamy finish and a good acid backbone. It can be approached in its youth, but a few years in the cellar will reveal this Chardonnay's true depth and it will reward your patience.

Country: South Africa
Region: Coastal Region
Subregion: Stellenbosch
Vintage: 2013
Colour: White
Grape Variety: Chardonnay
ABV: 13.5%
Bottle Size: 75cl
Closure: Screwcap
Style: Burgundian elegance
Drink With: Scampi mornay

Named after five large, stone pine trees on a hill standing sentinel over Rustenberg's Five Soldiers vineyards. The Five Soldiers is the apex of Chardonnay at Rustenberg and is a highly collected wine. Characterised by measured power and complexity, designed to be drunk with food, and benefiting from a few years of careful cellaring, Five Soldiers illustrates the true character of each vintage and is a barrel selection of the finest batches of Chardonnay each year.

Carefully selected bunches of Chardonnay were hand harvested for this special wine and then given royal treatment in the cellar. Fermented and aged in 300L French oak hogsheads, Five Soldiers Chardonnay spent 15 months in barrel and in contact with the lees of its wild yeasts. 70% of the oak was new, the remainder was second fill.

From Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
The 2012 Five Soldiers Chardonnay comes from some of the oldest vines on the property, around 22 years old that tend to suffer a lot of coulure that lowers yields, whole-bunch pressed with slightly more new wood (70%) for 15 months. The bouquet handles the wood well, with attractive dried honey and candle wax aromas complementing the citrus fruit. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity and frankly you would hardly notice the oak. Citrus fresh with delicate white peach and pink grapefruit notes, this is a lovely Chardonnay. 93 Points

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