|Grapes||Merlot, Cab Franc, Cab Sauv|
|Origin||South Africa, Stellenbosch|
Crop levels were down 50% because of the fire damage on the Simonsberg in 2016, a year when Rustenberg made no Peter Barlow, but this is still an impressive Bordeaux blend with notes of mint, cassis and forest floor, a touch of green tea and a balanced, stylishly oaked finish. Drinking range: 2020 - 2025 Rating: 93 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com (Sep 2019)
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Claret-like structure with a little extra ripe red fruit. Quite serious, with granular tannins, lively acidity, pungent cassis and restrained oak. Drinking range: 2019 - 2024 Rating: 92 Andrew Howard, Decanter(Jun 2019)
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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