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Winery of the Week: Rust en Vrede Estate

It seems that each year there are more refinements here, at one of Stellenbosch’s oldest and grandest estates – the jewel in Jean Engelbrecht’s crown of properties and brands. In fact, such development has marked it from the time when Jean’s father, rugby Springbok Jannie Engelbrecht, bought it in virtually derelict condition in 1978 (the original property was granted in 1694, as the flagship blend recalls). Continued focus on the vineyards is primary of course, and the winery cellar is hardly forgotten: there’s a new barrel room, specifically for the single-vineyard wines. But facilities for the visitor to the beautiful farm are also upgraded. There’s now a refurbished underground cellar to accommodate winter lunch service and tastings, ‘adding an authentic and romantic element to the winery atmosphere’.


Rust en Vrede Estate 1694 Classification 2014

Estate Vineyards range
Category: Red blends, shiraz/syrah-based

Uber-flagship selection, 2014 () swaps shiraz-cab ratios of Estate blend, producing impossibly concentrated fruit, woven with scrub & savoury spices. Lofty & aristocratic, with leathery tannins & piercing liquorice notes. 50% new oak, as for 2013. More 

Wine tasted by Greg de Bruyn.


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Rust en Vrede Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Estate Vineyards range
Category: Cabernet sauvignon

Ripe, dense & concentrated, impressive 2015 seduces with precise detail & succulently rich fruit. Just enough edgy acidity & herbaceous highlights cosseted in floral-scented, earthy cassis. Blossoms with time in the glass or decanting. More 

Wine tasted by Greg de Bruyn.


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Rust en Vrede Estate Estate 2014

Estate Vineyards range
Category: Red blends, other

Pioneer cab-shiraz flagship blend with near-legendary status. 2014 (62/31) has splash of merlot, dense, plush black berry fruit & massive appeal. Poised & supple with velvet-gloved fist, elegant spiciness & lingering finish. Various larger bottle formats available. More 

Wine tasted by Greg de Bruyn.


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Rust en Vrede Estate Merlot 2015

Estate Vineyards range
Category: Merlot

Interesting mix of flavours on 2015 with dark-berried fruits vying with chocolate, ginger & vanilla. Gritty tannins suggest plenty of interest to come, as does unusually lengthy finish. More 

Wine tasted by Greg de Bruyn.


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Rust en Vrede Estate Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Estate Vineyards range
Category: Cabernet sauvignon

Brooding, restrained nose of savoury delights on 2014 () does little to showcase the intense, opulent single-block wine within. Takes time to reveal subtle nuances: hints of eucalypus, liquorice & cassis in intricate harmony. Lay down for several years. Follows fine 2013. More 

Wine tasted by Greg de Bruyn.


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Rust en Vrede Estate Single Vineyard Syrah 2014

Estate Vineyards range
Category: Shiraz/syrah

Inky & dense 2014 ladles on flavours & aromas - spiced meat, biltong, polished black cherries & plums, perfumed mulberries & juniper. Almost too busy, but with the structure to grow & build, this is a wine to follow as it develops on its journey to greatness. More 

Wine tasted by Greg de Bruyn.


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Rust en Vrede Estate Syrah 2014

Estate Vineyards range
Category: Shiraz/syrah

Stunningly vibrant 2014 impresses with spice, chocolate, smoked meats & coriander notes. Showy but sophisticated, with concentrated black fruit styled for the long term. Hammy, perfume & pepper finish - truly attractive wine all round. More 

Wine tasted by Greg de Bruyn.


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