Rust en Vrede Estate Vineyards Merlot 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 Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Proprietor Jean Engelbrecht has worked to establish 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.
Deep Ruby Red. Notes of Cedar spice and mulberries lead the nose to a subtle hint of fynbos laced with black cherry, potpourri and tobacco. The palate is full bodied with subtly grippy tannins, well-structured fruit and savoury flavors. This wine has great maturation potential.
Aging Potential: 10 to 15 years.
Serving temperature: 14 to 16° Celsius.
Date tasted: 22 December 2016
Variety: 100% Merlot
Appellation: Rust en Vrede, Stellenbosch
12th February 2015 – 3rd March 2015
Malolactic Fermentation in barrel.
14months in 100% French oak with medium toast.
Alcohol – 14.86 vol%
pH – 3.49
Acidity – 6g/l
Res. Sugar – 1.9g/l
Winemaker: Coenie Snyman
Viticulturist: Dirkie Mouton
Climate & Soil
Mediterranean climate with precisely 469ml 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, Syrah and Merlot which lend themselves to full bodied wines with powerful structure. Our north facing vineyards are planted in Tukulu soil which is derived 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 more drainage which results in weaker growth and more intense wines, carefully monitored and supplemented by drip irrigation.
Harvest of the Merlot started on the 12th of February and continued until the 3rd of March, about two weeks earlier than normal. 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%. Merlot of the 2015 vintage is well structured with a lighter body and linear fruit expression.