Rust En Vrede Estate 2020

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Platter’s Guide 2020, 5* (97 Points) 
Winemag Signature Red Blend Report 2019, 94/100

Intense aromas of blackberry compote with cassis and fresh plum are layered with notes of vanilla, crème brûlée, and cedar. The pronounced bouquet follows through on to the palate, with powerful tannins and a rich, full mouthfeel. Intense berry fruit, with tightly-knit notes of liquorice, chocolate, lead pencil and tobacco add more layers to this wine, giving it refined complexity. The expressive fruit and spice balance the bold tannins, culminating in a dry, spicy finish. The depth and intensity of flavour bode well for excellent age-ability.
Aging Potential: 10 to 15 years.

Their stunning reputation led the late president Nelson Mandela to select Rust en Vrede wines as the only to be served at a Nobel Peace Prize dinner.

Food Pairing
Beef steak and lamb shank

The Grape

60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Syrah, 10% Merot

The Estate
Rust en Vrede Wine Estate has made its home nestled within the vineyards of Stellenbosch for 315 years. Narrowing their focus to specialize only in red wines. 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 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 the Helderberg terroir.

Alcohol: 14.8% vol