Rustenberg Chardonnay 2021

Tasting Notes

Winery: Rustenberg
Varietal: Chardonnay
SKU: RUSCHA2021 Categories: ,
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Rustenberg Chardonnay 2021



4 ½ Stars 2023 Platter’s South African Wine Guide
Layers of flavour in assertive 21 (94 pts), lovely tangy orange marmalade & dried apricot with toasted hazelnut & lees enrichment. Oak enhances, but still a tad dominant despite les time in barrel than last, 8 months vs 10, 25% new. Youthful & ageworthy.

91 pts Wine Spectator Web Only – 2022
Presents pretty notes of orchard blossoms, vanilla and graphite enmeshed with flavors of creamed apple, honey, persimmon and slivered almond. A well-cut frame of acidity drives the mineral-laced finish. Drink now through 2027.

90 pts Tim Atkin MW 2022
Overseen by experienced Aussie wine consultant Kym Milne MW, this well-judged Chardonnay is made with an equal combination of estate and purchased grapes. Fermented and aged in 20% new wood, it’s very much a fruit-focused wine, with peach, melon and citrus flavours and a dusting of aromatic spices. 2022-25

Winemaker Notes

Rustenberg is a well-known producer of high quality Chardonnays and the Stellenbosch Chardonnay embodies our house style. Careful tending and selection in the vineyard followed by traditional wild barrel fermentation and maturation produces a classic Chardonnay balancing the expression of fruit, freshness, full malolactic fermentation and the influence of oak.

The 2021 vintage was produced with the challenges of COVID-19 ever present. The winter of 2020 started late after a warm autumn and was cold with plenty of rain. The cool and wet conditions extended well into spring, through summer and much of the harvest season. The result of these conditions was slow, steady, stress free vineyard growth and fruit development. White grape yields were lower than average due to the impact of the weather during critical stages in fruit development. The white wines from the vintage ripened two weeks later than in 2020 and achieved full ripeness at lower sugar levels; producing wines with lower alcohols, excellent acidity and brilliant flavour development. These well-structured wines with moderate alcohols and good acidity should show plenty of potential to age.

Apricot, coconut and orange peel aromas followed by flavours of marzipan, sponge cake and citrus rounded off with carefully judged oak and balanced, fresh acidity.

Aging Potential: 8+ years from vintage under ideal cellaring conditions.

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