Rust en Vrede Single Vineyard Syrah 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 its Stellenbosch terroir.
The 2015 Single Vineyard Shiraz is purple-hued with a black core. It is uber rich will thick layers of confected blueberries, sweet spicy oak, a vanilla sheen and floral mix. Towering and inky, the palate follows through with gorgeous blackberry jam, a hint of mint, peppered salami and violets. The fine 2015 vintage adds lift to a creamy chocolate-scented palate, providing a fine acidity and structured tannins. The new oak is balanced by a cascade of fruit extract, producing a long, opulent sweetly-fruited finish. Expect the oak and powerful tannins to integrate over the next few years and mature well for a decade or more.
Ageing Potential: 10 to 15 years.
Serving temperature: 14 to 16° Celsius.
Date tasted: 18 November 2016
Variety: 100% Syrah
Appellation: Rust en Vrede Estate, Stellenbosch
Harvest Date: 5th, 12th and 20th March 2015
Malolactic Fermentation in Barrel.
18 months in 100% French oak with 50% 500l new medium toast barrels
Acidity: 5.6 g/l
Res. Sugar: 2.6 g/l
Winemaker: Coenie Snyman
Viticulturist: Dirkie Mouton
Climate & Soil
Mediterranean climate with precisely 937mm 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. This Single Vineyard (block 7, which produces the highest quality Syrah on the Estate) was planted in 1998 and is situated on a north facing slope. The soil type is Tukulu and 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 5039 bottles were produced of this Single Vineyard Syrah.