The 2019 Rustenberg Cabernet has some scale and size to it. Showing a dark, deep purple color the nose has classic Cabernet dark currant fruit tones with a floral lift and a touch of cedar and tobacco spice. Medium fuller to fuller bodied, this showcases good fruit concentration in the dark spectrum, while the tannins are noted, giving this a firm grip on the finish. With aeration the tannins soften a bit and harmonize with the fruit, which says that this should age nicely over the next 3-4 years quite easily. If you drink in the mid term please decant and have something with some fat content which will play off of the wine’s tannin base nicely.
Stellenbosch and the Simonsberg Mountain range are synonymous with the production of great Cabernet Sauvignon. Just over one third of Rustenberg’s vineyard plantings are dedicated to this variety and it is used through all of our blended red wines, and the famous site specific Peter Barlow. The Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon is made in a more fruit forward and medium bodied style and is accessible in its youth but will benefit from further bottle age. We recommend decanting this wine before serving.
The 2019 vintage was a challenging one for the Rustenberg team. While the winter of 2018 was a welcome break from the previous four winters of drought, most vineyards had not fully recovered and produced below average yields. A warm snap in June and a wet Spring, coupled with a wetter than average Summer harvesting season made 2019 a challenge, with some late harvest thinning or multiple harvests of the same vineyard required to achieve uniformity. Early and mid-season ripening varieties performed well, all achieving flavour ripeness at
lower alcohol levels, while late ripening varieties required patience and extended time on the vines, again achieving lower alcohols overall, but creating ripe, structured wines.
The wine shows typical Cabernet Sauvignon flavour and aroma profiles of dark berries and tobacco with a well-structured and lengthy palate.