We have to confess, this is definitely one of our newest favorites- a beautiful white wine complex and delicious! It received 92 points from Wine Spectator and a distinguished wine writer, Jancis Robinson, applauded its elegance and combination of fruit and acidity. “This lad can make wine!” Robinson declared and we can definitely agree. The combination of fruitiness – pear and citrus – and complexity makes it a wine you’ll want to have in your cellar. It combines Roussane (26%), Chardonnay (25%), Grenache Blanc (19%), Chenin Blanc (17%) and Vigonier (13%) for a full bodied result that makes you want to return to it again and again. From Stellenbosch, South Africa, the grapes are grown in vineyards where music is played continuously and is believed to have “a beneficial effect” on the wine. We loved it and see why it won a 2015 Decanter World Wine Gold Award.
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By now, most people who follow us know we love South African wines and this gorgeous Cabernet Sauvignon from Rustenberg in Simonsberg-Stellenbosch on South Africa’s Cape is our latest discovery. Rich in dark berry fruit, good tannins and a fine structure, it is a winner. The vintage matured in French oak for 15 months. Serve with red meats – it is the perfect pairing – or sip by itself. If you love Cabs, you will want to try this one! It is imported by Indigo Wine Group in Venice, FL. Go to www.rustenberg.co.za
Rustenberg has been producing South African wines since 1682 – a long and rich tradition. By 1781, the winery made 3,000 cases. The estate was purchased in 1941 by Pamela and Peter Barlow and has remained in the family ever since.
This 2013 Sauvignon Blanc offers freshness, acidity and balance with upfront fruit. The wine offers hints of green pepper, gooseberry and even asparagus. The altitude and location next to Simonsberg Mountain combine with a west facing slope. The grapes are full flavored and tropical in style. No oak is used in the production of the wine.
Spring of 2013 brought later ripening and a cool growing season. The wine is medium bodied, elegant and crisp with 13.56 ABV. There are underlying notes of passion fruit and pineapple. This is a perfect wine for a hot summer day, alone or accompanying a meal. It is imported by Indigo Wine Group, Venice, Fl. Visit www.rustenberg.co.za.
Rustenberg, from Stellenbosch in South Africa, markets the wine under the Ida or Rustenberg 1682 labels. Designed for easy, accessible drinking, the wine is a blend comprised of 62.1 percent Sauvignon Blanc, 21.7 percent Chardonnay, 7.6 percent Semillon, 15.6 percent Vigonier, 1.9 percent Grenache Blanc and 1.1 percent Roussane. They blend together, offering fruity notes of melon, passion fruit, and peach – a bouquet of delicate flavors. The vineyard dates to 1682 and was purchased by the Barlow Family in 1941 and lovingly passed on to the next generation which, in 1981, reinvigorated it with a new winery and imported virus-free clones and grapes to replant the vineyards. As South Africa left behind the isolation of the Apartheid years, Rustenberg took its place, growing grapes on the slopes, creating blends according to the vintage, and last year, naming Indigo Wine Group as its US importer. The wine is available in MA from Ruby Wines. Go to http://www.rustenberg.co.za
Thelema Mountain Vineyards in Stellenbosch, South Africa, is located on the slopes of Simonsburg Mountain and is a great example of the growing excellence of South African winemaking. Family run since 1988, it produces this rich, plummy Cabernet Sauvignon with mint nuances, mocha, dark chocolate and boysenberry fruit. The mint is believed to come from oils from eucalyptus trees, which ring the vineyard. 2009 was a an excellent year with warm, dry conditions for ripening. The wine received five consecutive 90+ ratings from Wine Spectator. Gyles Web, proprietor and cellarmaster, is a former accountant, now focused on high quality, small production wines that have won well-deserved acclaim. 14.5 percent alcohol, this Cabernet delivers intensity and freshness. Visit http://www.CapeClassics.com.
From high above sea level in the cooler areas of the Western Cape, the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa comes this charmer of a rosé from trellised vineyards where the owners pipe in Baroque music because they believe it will impact the ripening process of the grapes in a positive way. The grapes are handpicked, de-stemmed and lightly crushed and the juice is left in contact with the stems for nearly tree hours, allowing a pink hue to develop. The must is settled overnight and cool fermented to maintain a fresh fruit profile. On the lees for some four months, the wine’s “best components” are chosen and blended, then filtered prior to bottling. In tribute to the Cape’s Dutch roots, the vineyard’s name, DeMorgenstern, means “the morning sun” in Dutch. The first vines were planted in the early 1700s and the estate was sold in 2003 to Wendy and Hylton Applebaum who have transformed it in recent years.