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South Africa, Stellenbosch

Rustenberg

Rustenberg 'Five Soldiers' Chardonnay 2015

Rustenberg 'Five Soldiers' Chardonnay 2015 4 ½ Stars 2018 Platter’s South African Wine Guide & 91 pts Wine Spectator


Awards, Reviews and other Notes

91 pts Wine Spectator 8/31/18
Ripe and stylish, with alluring creamed pear and green apple fruit flavors gliding through, gilded with light matchstick and warm shortbread notes along the way. Rounded finish. This is why people love Chardonnay.
4 ½ Stars 2018 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Well-integrated oak (70% new) with subtle spice on 15. Firm vein of flinty acidity infusing the full, slightly sumptuous flavours, giving a lovely sense of serene lightness too.



Winemaker Notes

The Five Soldiers vineyard is named after five tall stone pine trees called the “Five Soldiers” that tower over this site. Carefully selected Chardonnay bunches from this area are hand harvested for this special wine and then given royal treatment in the cellar. The final product is a very complex full-bodied wine, approachable in its youth however careful cellaring will exhibit the depth of the wine’s complexity and will reward patience.
VINTAGE:
The cold wet Winter of 2014 started early and ended late, which is ideal for the vineyards' dormancy; however an unseasonably cool Spring resulted in the vines going into Summer with 10 to 40% less crop than usual. The remainder of the season was warm and dry resulting in one of the earliest harvests on record. Zero disease pressure and small crops of fantastic ripe fruit combined with high natural acids make this potentially the vintage of the decade.



Chemical Analysis

Price

SKU

Varietal

14% alcohol by volume

$44.99

14766

Chardonnay


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