Rust en Vrede Estate Vineyards Syrah 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 Syrah, 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.
The Estate Vineyards Syrah is elegant in 2016. Medium-bodied with a purple rim, the nose is shy at first and majestically opens with time in the glass. Notes of olive tapenade, red berries, vanilla and milk chocolate show its fine complexity and depth. The palate is darker, with a wild streak and mineral core. A hint of roasted herbs and cured meats lead to fine grained tannins on a soft, fruity finish. This juicy Syrah drinks well in its youth but will keep nicely for 5 years.
Ageing Potential: 10 to 15 years.
Serving temperature: 14 to 16° Celsius.
Date tasted: 12 August 2018
Variety: 100% Syrah
Appellation: Rust en Vrede, Stellenbosch
Harvest Date: 12th February to 17th March 2016
Malolactic Fermentation in barrel.
18 months in 100% French oak (20% new) with medium toast. Combination of 300 litre (50%) and 500 litre (50%) barrels were used.
Alcohol – 14.53 vol%
pH – 3.49
Acidity – 5.8g/l
Res. Sugar – 2.7g/l
Winemaker: Coenie Snyman
Viticulturist: Dirkie Mouton
Climate & Soil
Mediterranean climate with precisely 485ml 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 a 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.
Picking began on the 12th 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