The exceptional 2017 vintage has brought forth a beautiful expression of a Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon. The nose of the 2017 Rustenberg Cabernet Sauvignon has a light floral lift to the dark berry, dark currant fruit tones that are nuanced with notions of licorice and oak spice aromatically. Medium-fuller bodied, there’s an engaging fleshy texture and dense dark fruit flavors to the core, while the tannins, substantial as they are, are in balance and don’t detract from the wine’s approachability at this young age, and guarantee at least another 5-6 years of great drinking. This has notable palate presence, depth and fruit concentration along with serious complexity, concluding with an impressively long finish.
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4 ½ Stars 2020 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Lovely example of a Stellenbosch cab 17 (93 pts), has all classic trimmings, generous dark berry fragrance, subtle oak spice (20% new), sweet flesh, freshness & approachable dense tannin grip. None of such power as to spoil current enjoyment, ageing will also reward.
The Winter of 2016 was dry but cold as drought conditions persisted in the Western Cape. Despite the drought, a warm, dry spring and little wind meant that there was little disease pressure and little stress on the vineyards beyond the heat. Harvest started slightly earlier than usual but was 10 days later than the record early start of the 2016 vintage. Careful use of irrigation to offset the dry drought conditions and cold nights experienced during the first four months of the year resulted in superb quality, and wonderful acidity, colour and flavour concentration in the wines. Indications are that 2017 will be an excellent vintage with plenty of potential to age well.
The wine shows typical Cabernet Sauvignon flavour and aroma profiles of dark berries and tobacco with a well-structured and lengthy palate.