Rust en Vrede Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
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 the Stellenbosch terroir.
The 2015 Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon revels in the supreme Stellenbosch vintage. It is deep crimson at the core with a purple hue. Relatively full-bodied and elegantly ripe, it exhibits a remarkably classic poise for such a powerful, towering wine. Notes of charcoal, dried herbs and smoke show a savoury finesse, along with perfumed red fruits. The palate is immense with silky tannins, encasing succulent blackcurrants and fine dark chocolate. With time in the glass, this Cabernet reveals a beautiful array of complexity and spice. Best decanted, otherwise, this Cabernet will sit comfortably in your cellar for two decades or more.
Ageing Potential: 10 to 15 years.
Serving temperature: 14 to 16° Celsius.
Date tasted: 18 November 2016
Variety: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation: Rust en Vrede Estate, Stellenbosch
Harvest Date: 9th & 10th April 2015
Acidity: 6.1 g/l
Res. Sugar: 2.6 g/l
Malolactic Fermentation in barrel.
22 months 100% French oak with 65% new 300l medium toast barrels.
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 reds wines, particularly Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah which lend themselves to full-bodied wines with a powerful structure. These Single Vineyards (Block 7 and Block 4, which produce the highest quality Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon on the Estate) were planted in 1998 and 2000. Our North facing vineyards are planted in Tukulu soil which derives from Helderberg granite and Table Mountain sandstone, with ironstone deposits, 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.
Only 3024 bottles were produced of this Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon.