Rust En Vrede Estate 2017
Winemaker Coenie Snyman
The Estate blend is the emblematic wine of Rust en Vrede. It has been selected four times by Wine Spectator as one of the top 100 wines in the world.
With a mediterranean climate, Rust en Vrede is a warmer microcosm in the Helderberg area. This is why we specialize in Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, which lend themselves to full bodied wines with powerful structure.
2017 Estate Vintage
The winter of 2016 was extremely dry with July seeing the last of the proper rainfall of winter. The cool but dry months of spring ensured good budbreak and small berries, although windy conditions during flowering resulted in a smaller crop. Cool evenings after veraison encouraged excellent colour development as well as good phenolic ripeness at lower sugar levels. The cooler vintage is bold, structured and intense with the various components in the wines creating beautiful harmony.
60% Cabernet Sauvignon 30% Syrah, 10% Merlot
Made only from Estate-grown grapes that are picked and sorted by hand. Each variety, harvest- parcel and individual clone is vinified separately. An average of 8 tons per hectare is harvested, destemmed, crushed, and pumped into open top fermentation tanks where they undergo a 21-day maceration period involving a 7-day fermentation with pump-overs and manual punch-downs 2-4 times daily. Barrel maturation takes place in 100% French oak barrels (40% new, 40% 2nd fill, 20% 3rd fill), 30% in 500l & 70% in 300l barrels for 22 months.
Intense aromas of blackberry compote with cassis and fresh plum are layered with notes of vanilla, crème brûlée, and cedar. The pronounced bouquet follows through on to the palate, with powerful tannins and a rich, full mouthfeel. Intense berry fruit, with tightly-knit notes of liquorice, chocolate, lead pencil and tobacco add more layers to this wine, giving it refined complexity. The expressive fruit and spice balance the bold tannins, culminating in a dry, spicy finish. The depth and intensity of flavour bode well for excellent age-ability.
Best Enjoyed: Beef, lamb, spicy food, mature and hard cheese, poultry and venison
Ageing Potential: 10 to 15 years
2017 - Platters 5 Stars, Wine Magazine Blend Report Top 10, Platters Red Blend Of The Year 2021.
2016 - 92 Points Tim Atkins, Platters 5 Stars, Platters Red Blend Of The Year 2020
2015 - 94 Points Tim Atkins, Platters 5 Stars, Wine Spectator 92 Points
2014 - 93 Points Tim Atkins, Platers 4.5 Stars, Wine Spectator 92 Points