Rustenberg Stellenbosch John X Merriman 2006

Silver Medal - Sommelier India Wine Competition 2009
91 Points - Steve Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, March/April 2009 Online Edition
4½ Stars in 2009 John Platter South African Wine Guide

Plum & Cigar box aromatics prelude a multi-layered palate with an elegant tannin structure. A Bordeaux blend that typifies Rustenberg terroir with good ageing potential, if cellared correctly.


variety : Cabernet Sauvignon | 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 13% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 1% Malbec
winery : Rustenberg Wines
winemaker : Randolph Christians
wine of origin : Stellenbosch
analysis : alc : 14.3 % vol  rs : 2.23 g/l  pH : 3.5  ta : 5.92 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry   wooded
pack : Bottle  closure : Cork  

AWARDS
Silver Medal - Sommelier India Wine Competition 2009
91 Points - Steve Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, March/April 2009 Online Edition
4½ Stars in 2009 John Platter South African Wine Guide

ageing : Up to 10 years from vintage.

in the vineyard : Situation: South-West slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain Stellenbosch
Altitude: 300 m
Distance from sea: ±25 km
Soil type: Decomposed Granite (Hutton), Oakleaf
Rootstock: R99, R110, R101-14
Age of vines: 7 - 24 Years
Trellising: Vertically shoot positioned
Pruning: 2 Node Spur pruning
Irrigation: Drip irrigated

about the harvest: The grapes were harvested in February and March 2006.
Grape analysis:
Acidity: 4.7 - 6.3g/l
pH: 3.4 - 3.7
Sugar: 23.6 - 25.9° Balling
Yield: 8 t/ha

in the cellar : 24 Vineyard blocks were vinified separately. ± 9 Aerative pump-overs were employed. 2 or 3 rack and returns during primary fermentation at approximately 26°C to ensure maximum extraction after extended maceration on skins. The wine was drained and gravity-filled to barrels for Malolactic fermentation. The separate batches were blended after 9 months and returned to barrel for further 12 months maturation.

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