Rustenberg Stellenbosch 1998

Voluptuous cassis fruit, and a firm ripe tannin structure with elegant aromas of violets and black cherries, with overtones of sandalwood and leather.


variety : Cabernet Sauvignon | 79% Cabernet Sauvigon, 21% Merlot
winery : Rustenberg Wines
winemaker : Rod Easthope
wine of origin : Coastal
analysis : alc : 12.57 % vol  rs : 1.4 g/l  pH : 3.75  ta : 6.3 g/l  
type : Red  style : Dry   wooded
pack : Bottle  

AWARDS
4 stars John Platter Wine Guide 2001.

ageing : Enjoy over the next 10 to 12 years.

in the vineyard : Situation: South West Slopes of the Simonsberg
Altitude: 250-300m
Distance from sea: 25km
Soil Type: Decomposed granite (Hutton)
Rootstock: Richter 99 + 110
Age of the vines: 8-16 years
Trellising: All vertically shoot positioned
Pruning: All 2 node spur pruning

about the harvest: The grapes were harvested in March 1998.
Yield: 6.5 tons/hectare average

in the cellar : Closed tank fermentation with regular oxidative pump-overs. Malolactic fermentation in oak. Regular racking, no filtration. 20 months barrel maturation. (All French oak 50%new) The wine was bottled on 17 January 2000.

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