Rust en Vrede Estate Vineyards Syrah 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. Upfront aromas of ripe red fruits including plum and red cherries are followed by dark fruit characteristics, these finish with hints of mocha and spices from oak influences. The palate is filled with dark fruits and spices ranging from blueberry and mulberries to cedar wood, pencil shavings and coffee beans, all integrating well to creating a complex finish with a subtle tannin structure.
Ageing Potential: 10 to 15 years.
Serving temperature: 14 to 16° Celsius.
Date tasted: 17 February 2017
Variety: 100% Syrah
Appellation: Rust en Vrede, Stellenbosch
Harvest Date: February to 8th April 2015
Malolactic Fermentation in barrel.
18 months in 100% French oak with medium toast.
Alcohol – 14.48 vol%
pH – 3.53
Acidity – 5.8g/l
Res. Sugar – 2.6g/l
Winemaker: Coenie Snyman
Viticulturist: Dirkie Mouton
Climate & 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 a powerful structure. Our North facing vineyards are planted on 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 more drainage which results in weaker growth and more intense wines, carefully monitored and supplemented by drip irrigation.
Early bud break and very dry conditions in the months following resulted in irrigation management being used. This led to a short and challenging harvest. Harvest volume was normal, up by 0.8%. The 2015 vintage is well structured with a lighter body and linear fruit expression.