This wine has a fragrant perfume of lilies, as well as peach and apricot fruit with complex flavours of green apple, are evident on the palate. Characters of sweeter pineapple, flesh out the mid-palate and give weight to a peppery the finish with great minerality.
|When to Drink||Now|
|Pairing||With a floral alluring nose and textured spicy palate, this wine is a great match with food.|
|Volume||75cl (Full Bottle)|
Rustenberg is a true pioneer in the production of Roussanne in South Africa, importing the first plant material into the country in the late 1990’s and producing the first single varietal Roussanne in 2004. Each vintage allows the production team to experiment with production methods to constantly craft and understand the variety to produce truly interesting and expressive wines. Roussanne is not overtly fruity but has wonderful minerality, palate weight and texture that is emphasised with careful bottle aging.
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.
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