RUSTENBERG CHARDONNAY 2020/21

£14.25

Stellenbosch. Flint and mineral notes, peach and apricot fruit with almond and marzipan.

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Description

Flint and mineral notes, peach and apricot fruit with almond and marzipan. Magnificent wine from the brilliant Rustenberg Winery. Rated as one of the top ten estates in South Africa by just about everyone after a brief ropey spell about 10 years ago fades into the past. You will not be disappointed.

GRAPE Chardonnay CLOSURE Screwcap
REGION Stellenbosch VEGETARIAN No
VINTAGE 2020/21 VEGAN No
ABV 13% ORGANIC No

 

DRY    |________*________|________|________|     SWEET

LIGHT  |________|________|________*________|     FULL BODIED

NO OAK    | ________|________|________*________|    OAKY

 

Additional information

Rustenberg Estate

Recognised globally as one of South Africa’s top five wine estates, Rustenberg is also one of the oldest in the Cape. In 1941 the Rustenberg Farm, which sits 6km north of Stellenbosch, was bought by Peter Barlow. The Barlows have been at Rustenberg for over 75 years: the longest period any one family has owned the farm with Simon Barlow taking over the running of the farm in 1987, and Murray, his son, now involved with winemaking and marketing.

Vineyards producing the grapes for Rustenberg wines climb the rich red slopes of the Simonsberg and Helderberg; a range of slopes and aspects allows site-specific plantings that enhance varietal characteristics. With a long and very proud history of producing exceptional wines, Rustenberg’s winemaking style is simple: produce quality wines true to the style of the estate and the brand.

Production

Vintage conditions
The 2020 vintage will be remembered as a good vintage produced under the spectre of the COVID-19 pandemic impacting the globe. Fortunately the harvest was not impacted on Rustenberg by the government-sanctioned lockdowns, allowing all fruit to be picked and processed when ripe. A good winter in 2019 saw a return to average rainfall for the year. Two unusual weather events in the growing season – a large rainstorm and a heat wave – impacted some varietals flowering and berry set, however in the context of the entire vintage these had a minor impact. Crop levels were up by 15% from the 2019 vintage, which saw a return to yields being average to slightly above average for most varietals.

Vinification details
The grapes were hand picked in January. Once back at the winery, they were whole bunch pressed before fermentation in 300L oak barrels using wild yeasts. The wine was aged on its lees for 8 months in 25% new French oak barrels, with the remainder 2nd, 3rd and 4th fill.