A well balanced Chardonnay with hints of flint, beautiful mineral notes and excellent oak integration. Apricot & orange peel aromas are followed by flavours of almond and marzipan.
The nose is packed with rich fruit underpinned by a touch of oak. It is rich and fleshy on the palate green plum and honeydew melons intermingle. The back palate is full of fleshy fruit balanced by some apple freshness but really quite lush. Derek Smedley MW 91 pts
Rustenberg has a wine-growing history dating back to 1682, when settler Roelof Pasman, from the wine region of Meurs near the Rhine in Germany, recognised the potential of the rich, red granite soils of the Simonsberg. The estate flourished, reaching its peak in the 1820s, only to fall victim to phylloxera and the ensuing recession in the second half of the century. Peter and Pamela Barlow purchased Rustenberg in 1940, and the regeneration of this illustrious estate began, replanting new vineyards, enlarging and updating cellars, even installing an electricity-driven crusher thanks to the new power line now serving the farm. Their son, Simon, took over running the farm in 1987 and is the force behind the 21st century Rustenberg.
From 1910 - 1994 Reginald Merriman Nicholson was chief wine maker for Rustenberg.
Reg, as most people knew him, was probably the most charismatic person ever to have owned and worked the soils of this precious valley. He passed away in 1994