2016 Stellenbosch Chardonnay
This is only the second tier Chardonnay at Rustenberg, but it shows how well the estate handles the variety. Elegant, focused and stylishly oaked, it has plenty of freshness and zip, despite going through 100% malolactic. Vanilla spice and subtle stone fruit sweetness with a fresh finish. Drinking range: 2017 - 2021 Rating: 92 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com (Nov 2017)
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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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