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.
Dark ruby. Fresh and ripe red fruit aromas are laced with a hint of burned orange and herbal characteristics. Fruits of apricots and plums are prominent with dark chocolate and blackberry flavours on the palate, these flavours add to a fuller mid palate that has a lingering finish filled with ripe grainy tannins.
Aging Potential: 10 to 15 years.
Serving temperature: 14 to 16° Celsius.
Date tasted: 12 January 2017
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 2015
Malolactic Fermentation in barrel.
18months in 100% french oak with medium toast.
Viticulturist: DIrkie Mouton
Winemaker: Coenie Snyman
Climate and Soil
Mediterranean climate with precisely 995mm rainfall during vintage growing season. 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 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.
Due to an early bud break and very dry conditions in the months following irrigation management was used. This led to a short and challenging harvest. Harvest volume was as per normal, up by 0.8%. The 2015 vintage is well structured with a lighter body and linear fruit expression.