Rust en Vrede Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2002

Colour - Concentrated crimson.
Bouquet - Black berries, cassis, earthy with undertones of cedar, fynbos and wild mushrooms.
Palate - Bouquet carries through to the palate. Black berries and cedar most notable. Good fruit flavour/wood balance. Refined, elegant tannin structure.

variety : Cabernet Sauvignon [ 100% Cabernet Sauvignon ]
winemaker : Louis Strydom
wine of origin : Stellenbosch
analysis : alc : 14.00 % vol  rs : 2,6 g/l  pH : 3,73  ta : 6,1 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry  body : Full  taste : Fruity   wooded
pack : Bottle  closure : Cork  

ageing : Drink now until 2015.

in the vineyard : Background
Specialising in the production of red wine only, Rust en Vrede has established itself as one of South Africas premium red wine estates. Full-bodied and complex, Rust en Vrede wines reflect the uniqueness of the Stellenbosch terroir. Rust en Vrede is proud to be part of a remarkable three hundred year old wine tradition and continues to pursue the excellence synonymous with wines produced by Stellenboschs private estates.

Mediterranean rainfall 650mm per annum. The vineyards are situated on north facing slopes at the end of the valley, hence the slightly warmer and moderate R&V climate. The close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean results in cool sea breezes during the summer months that reduce the temperature and also extend ripening.

The soil is a mixture of weathered granite and a small percentage of clay, Clovelly and Hutton structure. Deep and red in colour, the soil has good water retention.

in the cellar : Fermented in open top fermentation vats, pressed and left to mature in French 300L barrels for 18 months. The Cabernet clones (6) are kept separate throughout vinification, each getting a unique treatment of yeast and wood. After 18 months and four tastings, the different clones are blended, bottled and left to mature for at least 18 months before release.

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