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Rustenberg (375ml), 2015, Stellenbosch Sauvignon Blanc

White, New World, Sauvignon Blanc from Stellenbosch, South Africa

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Tropical fruits, melon and gooseberry, with underlying tones of pineapple and passion fruit sustained on a fresh, crisp and well-balanced palate with a long finish. Ideal as an aperitif or with seafood.

Why we recommend this wine
Rustenberg is an iconic family-owned South African wine estate that we have visited often. (Refer to our visit notes here.) This is mid-way between the mineraliness of the Loire and the fruitiness of New Zealand styles of Sauvignon Blanc – the ideal place to be for our taste.

The wine
At just over 550m above sea level on the slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain, the grapes are grown at some of the highest altitudes that vineyards grow in Stellenbosch region. The cooling effect of altitude and the oceanic breeze blowing off False Bay and Table Bay which are both within line of sight of the vineyards, together with the West facing slopes make this ideal the ideal source of a full flavoured, more tropical styled Sauvignon Blanc. Made without the influence of oak the wines are aged on their lees for further palate weight and complexity to balance out the wines' natural acidity. The weather combined to produce one of the earliest harvests on record; zero disease pressure and small crops of fantastic ripe fruit combined with high natural acids make this potentially the vintage of the decade.

The wine estate
When asked for a recommendation of wine estates to visit in Cape Town, Rustenberg is always first on our list. The drive from the entrance up to the winery is a superb example of what the Cape must have been like 300 years ago; winding streams, shady oaks and pastures full of cows. And then there is the homestead of traditional Cape Dutch architecture. And the wines match this bucolic paradise!

Food and wine
Freshness from the acidity and fruit means that this goes well with rich fish dishes and soft cheeses.
Refer also to our food and wine pairing guide, click here

Did you know?
The Cape Dutch architecture style was developed around the 1800's. It is believed to have originated from the Dutch gabled buildings of Amsterdam, but there were also Malay influences (from the slaves brought by the Dutch from Indonesia). These farmhouses had thatch roofs and white walls with a simple symmetrical facade. Over time, a central gable emerged as the hallmark of the style, as the curvy white walls against the thatch gave a memorable impression.

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    Sauvignon Blanc

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    Bone dry

  • Oaked

    No oak

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