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Rust en Vrede Estate

Estate 2020

Region : Stellenbosch
Vintage : 2020
Grape : Red Blend other
Color : Red
Degree of alcohol : 14.0%

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Estate 2020

Estate 2020



The 2020 vintage had good, cool growing conditions with a wet October that luckily did not affect flowering. Very little rain and wind in November was ideal for berry set. Cool and dry conditions during ripening allowed tannins to develop without the accumulation of sugar, resulting in smooth, ripe tannins. Optimal conditions meant that harvesting took place as expected but we were under pressure to finish ahead of the Covid lockdown.

Made only from Estate-grown grapes that are picked and sorted by hand. Harvest parcels and clones are vinified separately. Harvested grapes are destemmed, crushed and pumped into open-top fermentation tanks where they undergo a 21-day maceration period involving a 7-day fermentation with pump-overs and manual punch-downs 2-4 times daily. Barrel maturation in 100% French oak barrels (20% new, 20% 2nd fill, 20% 3rd fill, 40% 4th fill), in 300l barrels for 18 months.

Dense yet defined aromas of dark chocolate, black currant, black cherries and sandalwood on the nose. Sweet fruit on entry followed by an enticing combination of Black Forest gateaux, cedar, baking spices, and toast. Fresh acidity and fine-grained but grippy tannins provide structure, balanced by intense, spicy blackberry compote that lingers on the finish.

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 Estate is our flagship blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot. This wine is uniquely produced and blended in proportion to our vineyard plantings.

Varietal Composition: 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Shiraz, 8% Merlot

Bottle Size:   750 ml
Alcohol:   14,35 %
Acidity:   5,8 g/l
pH:   3,56
RS:   2,0 g/l


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