Rustenberg Grenache 2017
South Africa / Stellenbosch
Andy's Tasting Notes
An elegant and softly textured wine – a style that whispers rather than shouts!
Like all things trendy there are more than a few overrated and overpriced versions of this wine doing the rounds. So it was good to find this sensibly priced version from top South African producer Rustenberg.
Pretty strawberry and cherry fruit with classic Grenache white pepper spice. With its low tannin level and juicy fruitiness it can be enjoyed lightly chilled. Has an excellent affinity with spicy foods.
Grapes were hand-picked and crushed and de-stemmed on arriving at the winery. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks with regular pump overs and an extended maceration of up to seven days. After primary fermentation the wine was transferred to old French barriques for 12 months’ maturation.
Price per bottle £11.35
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.