Rustenberg Five Soldiers 2004

We aged this wine for 18 months in the bottle before release. The result is a unique wine that is impressive of the best that South African Chardonnay has to offer. It has an unmatched mineral and concentration in the aromas as well as the palate. A structured wine that is well suited for ageing.


variety : Chardonnay | 100% Chardonnay
winery : Rustenberg Wines
winemaker : Adi Badenhorst
wine of origin : Coastal
analysis : alc : 14.29 % vol  rs : 2.9 g/l  pH : 3.21  ta : 5.8 g/l  
type : White   wooded
pack : Bottle  

ageing : Up to 6 years from vintage.

in the vineyard : Situation: North West slopes of the Helderberg Mountain
Altitude: 200m
Distance from sea: ± 7km
Soil type: Decomposed granite (Hutton)
Rootstock: Unknown
Age of vines: 20 Years
Trellising: Vertically shoot positioned
Pruning: 2 node spur pruning
Irrigation: Drip Irrigation

in the cellar : A very small vineyard once again produced exceptional fruit in 2004. Whole bunch pressed directly to cask for natural fermentation and maturation of 15 months. 100% Malolactic fermentation occurred naturally.

Oak used: 225 L Burgundian barrels. 70% new oak for 15 months.
Bottling date: May 2005

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