2014 Five Soldiers Chardonnay
More refined, with acacia flowers, peach and Apple, vanilla, touch of nutty smokiness, fragrant and layered. Palate delivers more subtly, underlying creaminess, nuts, citrus, fig, peach and tropical back notes, elegant ripe acid, lovely feel and length, perfumed. Drinking range: 2017 - 2025 L&S (Dec 2016)
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Immediately impressive on the nose: toasty and creamy with pistachio and walnut complexity. Ticks all the boxes for classic oaked Chardonnay. Drinking range: 2017 - 2020 Rating: 91 Decanter Magazine (Feb 2017)
Vineyards producing the grapes for Rustenberg's wines climb the rich red slopes of the Simonsberg and Helderberg. The style of wine determines the vineyard to be used: Rustenberg has a history of success with reds.
The viticulturist, Nico Walters, and his dedicated team have been working hard to rejuvenate their vineyards by planting virus-free vines imported from France. A small-scale nursery has been started for propagation, providing available rootstock for upgrading, replanting and experimentation. Controlled irrigation is used when necessary to alleviate stressed vines and maximise the quality of the grapes. All grapes are hand-harvested in the early mornings and all vineyard blocks vinified separately, then blended for added complexity.
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