Rustenberg Five Soldiers 2001

True single-vineyard wine that possesses a unique character - subtle fruit & oak integration evolves complexity with time in bottle. Wonderful mouthfeel and underlying power on the palate compliments the great fruit flavours.


variety : Chardonnay | 100% Chardonnay
winery : Rustenberg Wines
winemaker : Adi Badenhorst
wine of origin : Coastal
analysis : alc : 14.0 % vol  rs : 5.6 g/l  pH : 3.15  ta : 6.1 g/l  
type : White  style : Dry   wooded
pack : Bottle  

AWARDS
94 Points from Charles Metcalfe in UK's Wine International (Feb. 2004)
Silver from 2004 London International Wine Challenge
Received CHARDONNAY TROPHY from 2004 IWSC held in UK
4 Stars - WINE mag (February 2004)
4 Stars - John Platter Wine Guide 2004
91 Points - Rated by James Molesworth for Wine Spectator Weekly (9 Oct 2003)

ageing : Up to 5 years.

in the vineyard : Cultivar: 100 % Chardonnay
Situation: North West slopes of the Helderberg Mountain
Altitude: 200m
Distance from sea: ±7km
Soil type: Decomposed granite (Hutton)
Rootstock: Unknown
Age of vines: 17 Years
Trellising: Vertically shoot positioned
Pruning: 2 node spur pruning
Irrigation: Yes, drip irrigated

about the harvest: The grapes were picked in the cool of the morning during February & March 2001.
Grape analysis:
Acidity: 6-7.6 g/l
pH: 3.1-3.2
Sugar:24° Balling
Yield: 35 hl/ha

in the cellar : The grapes were destemmed and pressed directly to barrel with a high percentage of solids. Natural fermentation (21° C) took several months and the wine underwent partial Malolactic fermentation. Maturation took place in barrel on gross lees for 15 months, during which battonage was employed bi-monthly.
Oak used: 225L Burgundian barrels. 100% new oak for 14 months.
Bottled: 21 November 2002
Production: 1 060 cases x 6 x 750 ml

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