Rustenberg Stellenbosch John X Merriman 2003

International Wine & Spirit Competition 2006 - Silver
Well rounded wine which will increase in complexity and character with bottle age as is customary of Rustenberg's red wines. Aromas of spice and red fruit balanced by fine, elegant tannins a combination which is indicative of well managed vineyards and mature fruit. Should be decanted before serving.


variety : Cabernet Sauvignon | 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot
winery : Rustenberg Wines
winemaker : Adi Badenhorst
wine of origin : Stellenbosch
analysis : alc : 14.91 % vol  rs : 2.5 g/l  pH : 3.55  ta : 6.3 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry   wooded
pack : Bottle  closure : Cork  

AWARDS
International Wine & Spirit Competition 2006 - Silver
SAA inflight 2006 - Premium Class

ageing : Up to 10 years.

in the vineyard : Cultivars: 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot , 5% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot
Situation: South West slopes of the Simonsberg
Altitude: 300 m
Distance from sea: ± 25 km
Soil type: Hutton (Decomposed Granite)
Rootstock: Richter 99 + 110
Age of vines: 11 - 17 Years
Trellising: Vertically shoot positioned
Pruning: 2 Node spur pruning
Irrigation: All drip irrigated

about the harvest: The grapes were harvested in March and April 2003.
Grape analysis:
Acidity: 5-6 g/l
pH: 3.3-3.6
Sugar: 25-27° Balling
Yield: 38 hl/ha

in the cellar : Traditional fermentation (temp-28°C) with regular oxidative pumpovers were employed to maximise colour extraction and assist in tannin polymerization, enabling the grapes to express the Rustenberg terroir. Malolactic fermentation and maturation in French barriques for 20 months followed. The wine comprised of 24 different parcels of fruit.
Oak used: In 225 L French oak barrels for 20 months. 60% New oak.
Production: 15 400 cases x 6 x 750 ml
Bottling date: January 2005

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