Rustenberg has a wine-growing history dating back to 1682, when Roelof Pasman from Meurs, near the Rhine, recognised its wine-growing potential. By 1781 some 50 leaguers of wine were produced on the farm (1 leaguer = 570 litres), doubling to 100 by the end of the century, when a new cellar was built. Wine has been bottled at this cellar for an unbroken period from 1892. In the early 1800's Rustenberg was divided by owner Jacob Eksteen and a section given to his son-in-law, who named it Schoongezicht and sold it soon after. Rustenberg and Schoongezicht were at their peak around 1812, with beautiful homesteads and flourishing vineyards. But by mid-century, recession coupled with disease in the vines, brought bankruptcy and dispossession. Schoongezicht was rescued in 1892 by John X Merriman (who was to become Prime Minister of the Cape), and Rustenberg by his brother-in-law Sir Jacob Barry. Together they revitalised the farms. Fruit was sent to Covent Garden; new vines were grafted onto disease-resistant American stock; wines were exported to England and the Continent - and even Siberia. In 1941 Peter and Pamela Barlow bought Rustenberg, later acquiring Schoongezicht and reuniting the properties. Their son Simon (right) took over the running of the farm in 1987, revitalising the vineyards and commissioning a new cellar to take Rustenberg into the new millennium. The Barlows have been at Rustenberg for over 60 years: the longest period any one family has owned the estate. Visit the Rustenberg website.
Rustenberg Chardonnay 2014
Rustenberg is a well know producer of high quality Chardonnays and the Stellenbosch Chardonnay embodies our house style. A traditionally made, barrel fermented Chardonnay, the Rustenberg Stellenbosch Chardonnay is a combination of complexing factors from the vineyard, wild yeast and careful barrel age, aiming for balance and expression in each ... more
in mixed case $16.99
Rustenberg Ida's Estate 1682 Red Blend 2013
49% Merlot, 30% Shiraz 21% Cabernet Sauvignon. A succulent red wine with spicy berry aromas and rich flavors of blackcurrant, cherry, and plum. Enjoy on its own or pair with grilled sausages, kebabs or spaghetti Bolognese. This delicious blend was created from hand-picked grapes and cask matured in French and ... more
in mixed case $12.74
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