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Estate Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

Rust en Vrede, Estate Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

R300

51 in stock

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100% Cabernet Sauvignon

‘Could 2017 prove to be an even better vintage than the much-acclaimed 2015 for South African Cabernet Sauvignon?’ asks Christian Eedes. We think so. It is definitely a vintage worthy of collecting. One of the first 2017s to impress is the Rust en Vrede Estate Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon – a stand-out at the recent Prescient Cabernet Sauvignon Report.

The ‘King of Grapes’, as Cabernet is often called, is at its best when it maintains the fine line between finesse and power and Rust en Vrede’s 2017 Estate Vineyards is one such wine. It perfectly captures the essence of great single-varietal Cabernet Sauvignon. Besides its elegant balance and structure, it possesses fruit weight that will ensure decades of evolution ahead. We have only a limited allocation so be sure to stock up.

Tasting notes:
'Matured for 18 months in French oak, 20% new. Red and black fruit, flowers and herbs plus some pencil shavings on the nose. The palate has a weightless intensity about it – pure fruit, vibrant acidity and chewy tannins. Balanced, layered and long. Has the structure to age with benefit for many years.' – Christian Eedes, Prescient Cabernet Sauvignon Report 2019, 94/100

'Crimson red, there’s a certain sweetness to the aromas packed with ripe, wild strawberry, red and black cherries, mulberries and black currant. Nice and pure Helderberg fruit. This is a stylish wine with added earthy, savoury notes on both the nose and the palate. The texture is made velvet by the richness of fruit held in balance by its superb gravelly tannin structure and juicy acidity. There’s a sense of clarity that 2017 shows – allowing for upfront drinkability but also serious ageing potential.' – Coenie Snyman

Viticulture:
Mediterranean climate with precisely 479mm rainfall during the vintage growing season. Rust en Vrede is a warmer microcosm in the Helderberg area, which is why we specialize in reds, particularly Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah which lend themselves to full-bodied wines with powerful structure. Approximately 60% of the Estate is planted with Cabernet Sauvignon. Seven clones of this variety are grown here: 16C, 37C, 46C, CS163, CS169, CS338 & CS23A. Our north facing vineyards are planted in Tukulu soil which derives from Helderberg granite and Table Mountain sandstone, with small deposits of ironstone, 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.

Vinification:
Picking began on the 28th of February 2017. The winter of 2016 was extremely dry, with a maximum rainfall of 579mm, 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 (20% smaller than usual). The smaller berries balanced the effects of the dry conditions, which allowed for normal and healthy production.

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

‘Could 2017 prove to be an even better vintage than the much-acclaimed 2015 for South African Cabernet Sauvignon?’ asks Christian Eedes. We think so. It is definitely a vintage worthy of collecting. One of the first 2017s to impress is the Rust en Vrede Estate Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon – a stand-out at the recent Prescient Cabernet Sauvignon Report.

The ‘King of Grapes’, as Cabernet is often called, is at its best when it maintains the fine line between finesse and power and Rust en Vrede’s 2017 Estate Vineyards is one such wine. It perfectly captures the essence of great single-varietal Cabernet Sauvignon. Besides its elegant balance and structure, it possesses fruit weight that will ensure decades of evolution ahead. We have only a limited allocation so be sure to stock up.

Tasting notes:
'Matured for 18 months in French oak, 20% new. Red and black fruit, flowers and herbs plus some pencil shavings on the nose. The palate has a weightless intensity about it – pure fruit, vibrant acidity and chewy tannins. Balanced, layered and long. Has the structure to age with benefit for many years.' – Christian Eedes, Prescient Cabernet Sauvignon Report 2019, 94/100

'Crimson red, there’s a certain sweetness to the aromas packed with ripe, wild strawberry, red and black cherries, mulberries and black currant. Nice and pure Helderberg fruit. This is a stylish wine with added earthy, savoury notes on both the nose and the palate. The texture is made velvet by the richness of fruit held in balance by its superb gravelly tannin structure and juicy acidity. There’s a sense of clarity that 2017 shows – allowing for upfront drinkability but also serious ageing potential.' – Coenie Snyman

Viticulture:
Mediterranean climate with precisely 479mm rainfall during the vintage growing season. Rust en Vrede is a warmer microcosm in the Helderberg area, which is why we specialize in reds, particularly Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah which lend themselves to full-bodied wines with powerful structure. Approximately 60% of the Estate is planted with Cabernet Sauvignon. Seven clones of this variety are grown here: 16C, 37C, 46C, CS163, CS169, CS338 & CS23A. Our north facing vineyards are planted in Tukulu soil which derives from Helderberg granite and Table Mountain sandstone, with small deposits of ironstone, 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.

Vinification:
Picking began on the 28th of February 2017. The winter of 2016 was extremely dry, with a maximum rainfall of 579mm, 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 (20% smaller than usual). The smaller berries balanced the effects of the dry conditions, which allowed for normal and healthy production.

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CE 94

Country

ZA

Region

Stellenbosch

Style

Red

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