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Date Printed: 12/19/2014
Rust en Vrede Stellenbosch Estate Red Blend 2008
Rust en Vrede Stellenbosch Estate Red Blend 2008
(search item no. 114877)
Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $45.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#78 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2012

Deep crimson red. Heavy oak aromas combined with hints of dark fruits, plum and cassis. This wine shows great structure and balance. Initial Cabernet Sauvignon characteristics are followed up with a spicy finish from the Shiraz. With great tannin structure and a strong backbone this wine has excellent aging potential.

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About Rust en Vrede:

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 Stellenbosch area and displays exquisite examples of Cape Dutch architecture.

In 1991, President Nelson Mandela awarded the Merit award of export achievement to the estate. During this period, they tirelessly worked on building the Rust en Vrede brand into a world quality product. These efforts were rewarded in 1993 when President Mandela selected Rust en Vrede to be served at the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize banquet.