Rustenberg Five Soldiers 2000

A complex array of characters that only shows with time in the glass. Tremendous concentration on the palate, with flavours of almond, peach and spice. Balanced with great persistence on the palate.


variety : Chardonnay | 100% Chardonnay
winery : Rustenberg Wines
winemaker : Adi Badenhorst
wine of origin : Coastal
analysis : alc : 13.94 % vol  rs : 2.40 g/l  pH : 3.24  ta : 6.16 g/l  
type : White  style : Dry   wooded
pack : Bottle  

AWARDS
The South African Trophy Wine Show 2002 - Bronze
4 Stars - John Platter Wine Guide 2003
90 Points - James Molesworth's Top-Scoring Wines from South Africa (Wine Spectator - May 2002)

ageing : Up to five years.

in the vineyard : Situation: North West slopes of the Helderberg Mountain
Altitude: 200m
Distance from sea: approx. 7km
Soil Type: Decomposed granite (Hutton)
Rootstock: Unknown
Ages of vines: 16 Years
Trellising: Vertically shoot positioned
Pruning: 2 node spur pruning

about the harvest: The grapes were handpicked in the cool of the morning of the 9th February 2000.
Yield: 4.2 tons/hectare

in the cellar : The grapes were destemmed and pressed directly to barrel with a high percentage of solids. Natural fermentation took several months and the wine underwent partial malolactic fermentation. Ageing took place in barrel on gross lees for 15 months, during which battonage was employed bi-monthly.

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