Rust En Vrede Estate Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
The Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is Rust en Vrede's longest standing tradition. The variety that Stellenbosch is most well-known for, Rust en Vrede Cabernet Sauvignon offers a concentrated and classic rendition of the variety.
With a Mediterranean climate, Rust en Vrede is a warmer microcosm in the Helderberg area, which is why we specialise in reds, particularly Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah which lend themselves to full bodied wines with powerful structure. Approximately 60% of the Estate is planted with Cabernet Sauvignon.
100% Cabernet Sauvignon the vintage of 2018 was challenging because it was the fourth consecutive year of drought, bringing dry conditions with water restrictions. Careful water management was essential, but the benefit of the dry weather meant very healthy vines. The dry conditions also resulted in smaller berries, which in turn provide excellent colour and flavour intensity. Cooler nights towards the end of February meant a longer hang time, allowing for further flavour development. Despite the irrigation challenges and a smaller crop, 2018 bodes very well for high quality wines.
Made only from Estate-grown grapes that are picked and sorted by hand. Each harvest-parcel and individual clones are vinified separately. Harvested grapes are 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 in 100% French oak barrels (20% new, 20% 2nd fill, 20% 3rd fill, 40% 4th fill), in 300l barrels for 18 months.
Opaque in colour with prominent aromas of cassis, blackberry, bramble and mulberry. The dark fruit is layered with savoury notes of cured meat and dried herbs. Rich fruit follows on the palate, sustained by fresh acidity and fine, mouth-coating tannins. Flavours of sandalwood, allspice, worn leather and pencil shavings add complexity and depth to this classically styled Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon.
Best Enjoyed: Beef, lamb and poultry
Ageing Potential: 10 to 15 years
2018 - Platters 4.5 Stars, Wine Magazine Mag Report 91 Points
2017 - Tim Atkins 93 Points, Platters 4.5 Stars, Wine Mag Report 93 Points & Top 10
2016 - Platters 4.5 Stars, Wine Spectator 91 Points
2015- Platters 4.5 Stars