Rust en Vrede Stellenbosch Estate Red Blend 2007
Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 15.0%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
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%.
Deep crimson Red. Savory oak aromas combined with mocha coffee and pencil shavings. Hints of dark fruit, plum and cassis also come to the fore. This wine shows great structure and balance. Initial Cabernet Sauvignon characteristics are followed up with a spicy finish from the Shiraz. Dark chocolate and berry flavours are prominent.
"Bright, deep ruby-red. Vibrant, precise aromas of cassis, black cherry, licorice, bitter chocolate, minerals, mint and sexy oak, plus a whiff of tar. Then sweet, chewy and very deep, with a compellingly lush texture giving it surprising early appeal. The biggest and deepest of this set of wines, and the longest, finishing with noble tannins and exceptional building sweetness. Offers wonderful richness and concentration without undue weight. Built for a long and graceful evolution in bottle."
International Wine Cellar
"Tight-grained, featuring tangy maduro tobacco, black currant and black olive notes out front for now, while the core of darker fig paste, tar and ganache waits in reserve. A lovely roasted edge adds definition to the finish, while not sacrificing purity or drive. Should stretch out nicely in the cellar. Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot. Best from 2011 through 2014. 3,000 cases made."
"A heady and concentrated Cab-based blend with 30% Shiraz and 9% Merlot. Intense aromas of blackberry, cassis, cedar spice and rich espresso grinds fill the bouquet, while black cherry, plum, cured meat and soft bramble unfold in the mouth. Full and tightly structured with firm tannins and a lingering finish; drink now to 2012."
Very complex but well balanced. A bit tannic for my taste but a first class wine
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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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A long history of growing grapes and making wine, but less of a history on exporting it, and even lesser on
the quality aspect.
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