Rustenberg Chardonnay 2020
South Africa / Stellenbosch
Andy's Tasting Notes
A great value example with impressive depth and flavour. The overall balance is impeccable with the rich apricot, pineapple and citrus fruit dovetailing perfectly with creamy oak and zingy acidity.
Whole bunch pressed before fermentation in 300l oak barrels (25% new) using wild yeasts. The wine was aged on its lees for 8 months in 25% new French oak barrels before bottling.
Price per bottle £13.30
Recognised globally as one of South Africa’s top five wine estates, Rustenberg is also one of the oldest in the Cape, having been established in 1892. In 1941 the Rustenberg Farm, which sits 6km north of Stellenbosch, was bought by Peter Barlow. The Barlows have been at Rustenberg for over 60 years: the longest period any one family has owned the farm with Simon Barlow taking over the running of the farm in 1987, and Murray, his son, now involved with winemaking and marketing. Vineyards producing the grapes for Rustenberg wines climb the rich red slopes of the Simonsberg and Helderberg; a range of slopes and aspects allows site-specific plantings that enhance varietal characteristics. With a long and very proud history of producing exceptional wines, Rustenberg’s winemaking style is simple: produce quality wines true to the style of the estate and the brand.
Food matchFettuccine Alfredo