Rustenberg has a wine-growing history dating back to 1682. The warm daytime temperatures give ripe, tropical flavours to this Chardonnay, 40% of which spends 12 months in new French oak.This is a beautifully balanced, richly flavoured Chardonnay with excellent oak integration, enhanced by mineral undertones. Apricot and orange peel aromas are followed by a palate with flavours of almond and marzipan melded with citrus and stone fruit. This wine is an ideal culinary companion for creamy chicken dishes and meaty fish.
As in 2015, the vintage started very early. In the middle of January Rustenberg was engulfed in fire as the entire Simonsberg mountain burnt, sadly destroying 5 hectares of the estate’s vineyards. Generally very low yields of concentrated fruit make the wines of the 2016 vintage upfront and opulent.
"Sourced from three parts of Stellenbosch, 60% of the fruit from the estate, the Chardonnay is barrel fermented with 12 months in oak and it goes through full malolactic. It has a very well defined bouquet that is minerally and tense with lime flower and a touch of smoked almond. The palate is medium-bodied with a touch of passion fruit on the entry with well judged acidity, and it gently rolls out on the peachy finish. You couldn't really ask for more at this price.
(Neal Martin, erobertparker.com, Nov 2015)
"Toast, white grapefruit, peach blossom, citrus and smoky nose. Appealing peachy stone fruit and marmalade flavours with well-integrated, discreet oak."
Silver Award, Decanter World Wine Awards, June 2019