Rust en Vrede Estate Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
Established in 1694, Rust en Vrede is proud to be part of a remarkable three hundred-year-old wine tradition. Since 1977 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 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is once again startling and expressive in 2016. It is slightly lighter than the 2015 in both hue and body, still offering a dashingly elegant and yet decadent style. It opens with notes of blackberry, charcoal and thyme, neatly woven by fine silky oak. The palate is medium-bodied, lifted by a fresh acidity and framed by compact yet serious tannins. Rich depth of sweet red fruits lead to dry but refined and powdery tannins. The 2016 offers immediate drinkability but has the concentration for years of ageing.
Ageing Potential: 10 to 15 years.
Serving temperature: 14 to 16° Celsius.
Date tasted: 12 January 2018
Acidity: 6.1 g/l
Res. Sugar: 2.6 g/l
Variety: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation: Rust en Vrede Estate, Stellenbosch
Harvest Date: 17 February – 29 March 2016
Malolactic Fermentation in barrel.
18 months in 100% French oak with medium toast.
Viticulturist: Dirkie Mouton
Winemaker: Coenie Snyman
Climate and Soil
Mediterranean climate. Rust en Vrede is a warmer microcosm in the Helderberg area, which is why we specialize in red wine, particularly Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah which lend themselves to full-bodied wines with a powerful structure. Our north facing vineyards are planted in Tukulu soil which derives from Helderberg granite and Table Mountain sandstone, showing good water retention which allows for only moderate vine stress during dry years, A higher amount of sandstone allows for more drainage which results in weaker growth and more intense wines, carefully monitored and supplemented by drip irrigation.
Picking began on the 3rd of February 2016. The winter of 2015 was extremely dry, with a maximum rainfall of 469mm, much lower than the average 712mm. The cool months after winter triggered a good bud break followed by immediate dry weather. These conditions resulted in a high number of bunches, producing smaller berries. The smaller berries balanced the effects of the dry conditions, which allowed for a normal and healthy production.