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South Africa, Stellenbosch

Rustenberg

Rustenberg Chardonnay 2017

Rustenberg Chardonnay 2017 4 ½ Stars (90 pts) 2019 Platter’s South African Wine Guide

Tasting Notes

3/12/19
Rustenberg is well known for its Chardonnay and the 2017 keeps the streak alive. The nose starts off with notes of hazelnut and pie crust overlaying a citrus, lemon lime note and riper white orchard fruit. Rich with noted fruit intensity the palate is creamy but countered by a firm vein of acidity balancing everything out. Starting to open up as we speak this should drink impressively over the next 2-3 years.


Awards, Reviews and other Notes

4 ½ Stars 2019 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Oak (25% new) still showing in youth on 17 (90 pts), needing year/2 to harmonize with hazelnut, oatmeal, lime-lemon character, but fruit is intense enough for good development. Silky texture, as on 16, with fine acid a forceful part of the balance. Stellenbosch WO.
89 pts Wine Spectator Web Only - 2019
A ripe, forward style, offering friendly creamed apple and pear fruit flavors lined with a hint of pie crust. A flattering brioche echo emerges on the finish. A crowd-pleaser. Drink now.



Winemaker Notes

Rustenberg is a well-known producer of high quality Chardonnays and the Stellenbosch Chardonnay embodies our house style. Careful tending and selection in the vineyard followed by traditional wild barrel fermentation and maturation produces a classic Chardonnay balancing the expression of fruit, freshness, full malolactic fermentation and the influence of oak.
VINTAGE:
The Winter of 2016 was dry but cold as drought conditions persisted in the Western Cape. Despite the drought, a warm, dry spring and little wind meant that there was little disease pressure and little stress on the vineyards beyond the heat. Harvest started slightly earlier than usual but was 10 days later than the record early start of the 2016 vintage. Careful use of irrigation to offset the dry drought conditions and cold nights experienced during the first four months of the year resulted in superb quality, and wonderful acidity, colour and flavour concentration in the wines. Indications are that 2017 will be an excellent vintage with plenty of potential to age well.




Chemical Analysis

6 Bottle price

Price

SKU

Varietal

13.5% alcohol by volume

$16.99

$18.99

14765

Chardonnay


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