Rustenberg Stellenbosch John X Merriman 2007

Plum and 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 | 48% Cabernet Sauvignon; 40% Merlot; 6% Petit Verdot; 3% Cabernet Franc; 3% Malbec
winery : Rustenberg Wines
winemaker : Randolph Christians
wine of origin : Stellenbosch
analysis : alc : 14.51 % vol  rs : 2.5 g/l  pH : 3.62  ta : 5.9 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry   wooded
pack : Bottle  closure : Cork  

AWARDS
91+ Points - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, March/April 2011 Online Edition
4½ Stars in the Platter Wine Guide 2010.

ageing : Up to 10 years from vintage.

in the vineyard : SITUATION: South-West slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain, Stellenbosch ALTITUDE:300m - 550m
DISTANCE FROM SEA: ± 25 km
SOIL TYPE:Decomposed Granite (Hutton / Tukulu), Oakleaf
ROOTSTOCK:101 - 14 Mgt AGE OF VINES: 9 - 19 Years
TRELLISING:Vertical shoot-positioned
PRUNING:2 Bud-Spur pruning
IRRIGATION:Drip irrigated.

about the harvest: Grapes were harvested on February and March 2007
GRAPE ANALYSIS:
Acidity: 4.7 - 6.3 g/l
pH: 3.4 - 3.7
Sugar: 23.6° - 25.9° Balling.

in the cellar : 27 Batches 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. Followed by 2 - 3 weeks 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 a further 12 months maturation

OAK USED: 44% New and 56% 2nd & 3rd fill 225L French oak barrel
BOTTLED: May 2009.

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