Rust en Vrede Estate Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
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.
Crimson red, there’s a certain sweetness to the aromas packed with ripe, wild strawberry, red and black cherries, mulberries and black currant. Nice and pure Helderberg fruit. This is a stylish wine with added earthy, savoury notes on both the nose and the palate. The texture is made velvet by the richness of fruit held in balance by its superb gravelly tannin structure and juicy acidity. There’s a sense of clarity that 2017 shows – allowing for upfront drinkability but also serious ageing potential.
Ageing Potential: 10 to 15 years.
Serving temperature: 14 to 16° Celsius.
Date tasted: 6 March 2019
Acidity: 6.4 g/l
Res. Sugar: 1.8 g/l
Variety: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation: Rust en Vrede Estate, Stellenbosch
Harvest Date: 28 February – 3 April 2017
Malolactic Fermentation in Barrel. 18 months in 100% French oak with (20% new, 20% 2nd fill, 20% 3rd fill, 40% 4th fill) 300l medium toast barrels.
Viticulturist: Dirkie Mouton
Winemaker: Coenie Snyman
Climate and Soil
Mediterranean climate with precisely 479mm rainfall during the vintage growing season. Rust en Vrede is a warmer microcosm in the Helderberg area, which is why we specialize 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. Seven clones of this variety are grown here: 16C, 37C, 46C, CS163, CS169, CS338 & CS23A. Our north facing vineyards are planted in Tukulu soil which derives from Helderberg granite and Table Mountain sandstone, with small deposits of ironstone, 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.
Picking began on the 28th of February 2017. The winter of 2016 was extremely dry, with a maximum rainfall of 579mm, 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 (20% smaller than usual). The smaller berries balanced the effects of the dry conditions, which allowed for normal and healthy production.