Rustenberg Five Soldiers 2002

True single-vineyard wine that possesses a unique character - subtle fruit & oak integration evolves complexity with time in bottle. Wonderful mouthfeel and underlying power on the palate compliments the great fruit flavours.


variety : Chardonnay | 100% Chardonnay
winery : Rustenberg Wines
winemaker : Adi Badenhorst
wine of origin : Coastal
analysis : alc : 14.0 % vol  rs : 4.0 g/l  pH : 3.25  ta : 6.3 g/l  
type : White   wooded
pack : Bottle  

AWARDS
Best Range accolade (Harpers 1 October 2004)

ageing : Up to 5 years

in the vineyard : Situation: North West slopes of the Helderberg Mountain
Altitude: 200 m
Distance from sea: ± 7 km
Soil type: Decomposed granite (Hutton)
Rootstock: Unknown
Age of vines: 18 Years
Trellising: Vertically shoot positioned
Pruning: 2 node spur pruning
Irrigation: Yes, drip irrigated.

about the harvest: The grapes were hand picked in the cool of the morning in February-March 2002.
Grape analysis:
Acidity: 5.3 g/l
pH: 3.3
Sugar: 24,6° Balling
Yield: 35 hl/ha

in the cellar : The grapes were pressed directly to barrel with a high percentage of solids. Natural fermentation (21° C) took several months and the wine underwent partial Malolactic fermentation. Maturation took place in barrel on gross lees for 15 months, during which battonage was employed bi-monthly.
Oak used: 225 L Burgundian barrels. 100% new oak for 15 months.
Bottled: November 2003
Production: 880 cases x 6 x 750 ml

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