1694 Classification 2015
Established in 1694, Rust en Vrede is proud to be part of a remarkable three hundred-year-old wine tradition. Since1977 the Engelbrecht family has specialized in the exclusive production of red wine, with the focus on Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Proprietor Jean Engelbrecht has worked to maintain Rust en Vrede as one of South Africa’s premium red wine estates, with full-bodied and complex wines that reflect the uniqueness of its Stellenbosch terroir.
The 2015 1694 is pitch black in colour with a glossy, glass-coating rim. Plush new oak, sweet spice and seductive fruit dazzle the nose with opulence and depth. Ripe figs and bacon lead to dark chocolate, vanilla and blueberry compote on the palate. It is both succulent and titanic, as the Shiraz majority gives it sweet tannins, hints of wild thyme and enticing violets. Suave and multi-dimensional, the palate is monumentally powerful and exquisitely plush. Black fruit layers line a long and luxurious finish. Expect the Cabernet Sauvignon to show more presence in the blend as the wine ages over the next decade.
Ageing Potential: 10 to 15 years.
Serving temperature: 14 to 16° Celsius.
Date tasted: 12 January 2018
Variety: 65% Shiraz, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation: Rust en Vrede, Stellenbosch
Harvest Date: 5th, 12th, 20th March – 9th & 10th April 2015
Malolactic Fermentation in barrel.
18months in 100% French oak with 50% 500l new medium toast barrels
Acidity: 5.9 g/l
Res. sugar: 2.5 g/l
Winemaker: Coenie Snyman
Viticulturist: Dirkie Mouton
Climate and Soil
Mediterranean climate with precisely 715mm rainfall during vintage growing season. Rust en Vrede is a warmer microcosm in the Helderberg area, which is why we specialize in reds wines, particularly Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah which lend themselves to full-bodied wines with a powerful structure. These Single Vineyards (Block 7 and Block 4, which produce the highest quality Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon on the Estate) were planted in 1998 and 2000. Our North facing vineyards are planted in Tukulu soil which derives from Helderberg granite and Table Mountain sandstone, with ironstone deposits, showing good water retention which allows for only moderate vine stress during dry years, A higher amount of sandstone allows more drainage which results in weaker growth and more intense wines, carefully monitored and supplemented by drip irrigation.
Early bud break and very dry conditions in the months following resulted in irrigation management being used. This led to a short and challenging harvest. Harvest volume was normal, up by 0.8%. The 2015 vintage is well structured with a lighter body and linear fruit expression.
Only 5540 bottles were produced.