Rust en Vrede Stellenbosch Estate Red Blend 2009

Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa

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Item No. 121502
  • red wine
  • WS93
  • RP93
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 15.4%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
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Winemaker's Notes

Lovely flavors of cherry and raspberry are supported by beautifully integrated tannins. Dark chocolate and Christmas cake characteristics are also prevalent. This wine shows great structure and balance and offers beautiful complexity.

Blend: 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Shiraz, 8% Merlot

Critical Acclaim

"Very sleek and very focused, with a tightly wound core of damson plum, bitter cherry and linzer torte flavors that's harnessed for now with savory herb, singed iron and shiso leaf notes. There's piercing drive on the finish, with very mouthwatering acidity, while the grip hangs in reserve. Should move along nicely in the cellar."
93 Points

"The 2009 Estate is a blend of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Shiraz and 8% Merlot and offers a glorious bouquet of raspberry, wild strawberry, blood orange and a touch of vanilla. The palate is medium-bodied with supple, lithe tannins. There are layers of pure blackberry and mulberry fruit with a lovely, elegant, refined finish that evinces astute winemaking. This is a sophisticated Stellenbosch."
93 Points

Learn About Rust en Vrede Map ItMap It

Nestled on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain in the Stellenbosch wine region lies this beautiful estate of 55 hectares. Known for consistently producing wines of high quality, Rust en Vrede is now considered to be one of the finest estates in South Africa when it comes to the making of truly great red wines. Established in 1694, it is one of the oldest estates in the...

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Learn About South Africa

South Africa A long history of growing grapes and making wine, but less of a history on exporting it, and even lesser on the quality aspect. At the turn of the century (1900, that is), a surplus of wine in South Africa created a hierarchy of cooperatives, the biggest and best known being KWV. This organization seemed to favor quantity over quality and had most...

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Learn About Bordeaux Red Blends

Bordeaux Blends The Fab Five With so much history under its belt, it's no wonder that Bordeaux has figured out the recipe to produce amazing wines. Centuries of making (and drinking) wine led to the blend that has become synonomous with Bordeaux. Winemakers in the New World replicate this formula to create successful blends in their respective regions - you may see Bordeaux blends...

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