Rust en Vrede Estate Red Blend 2013

Varietal: Region :
Stellenbosch, South Africa
    $49.99

    SKU# 0031003003513


    Quick Overview

    Rust en Vrede, the first South African winery to specialize exclusively in red wine, was additionally the first producer in South Africa to make a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot. This wine has been named to Wine Spectator’s “Top 100” for four years in succession, and is affectionately named Estate. For three decades this wine has been the greatest expression of everything that Rust en Vrede represents, and will continue to be so. The composition of the varietals that make up Estate have never changed in any significant way. Well balanced and structured, Estate expresses the uniqueness of the Stellenbosch terroir.

    Deep crimson red in color, tobacco, cedar and spice are prominent on the nose with blueberry and hints of creamy cheesecake. This wine exhibits classic blackberry and plum flavors with a dark chocolate core. This full bodied wine has great structure, approachable tannins and a dry, lengthy finish.
    Style:
    Balanced, Structured
    Flavor:
    Blackberry, Dark Chocolate, Plum
    Pairs with:
    Cheddar Cheese, Italian Sausage, Pork Chops, Steak

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    Details
    Rust en Vrede, the first South African winery to specialize exclusively in red wine, was additionally the first producer in South Africa to make a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot. This wine has been named to Wine Spectator’s “Top 100” for four years in succession, and is affectionately named Estate. For three decades this wine has been the greatest expression of everything that Rust en Vrede represents, and will continue to be so. The composition of the varietals that make up Estate have never changed in any significant way. Well balanced and structured, Estate expresses the uniqueness of the Stellenbosch terroir. Deep crimson red in color, tobacco, cedar and spice are prominent on the nose with blueberry and hints of creamy cheesecake. This wine exhibits classic blackberry and plum flavors with a dark chocolate core. This full bodied wine has great structure, approachable tannins and a dry, lengthy finish.
    Bottle Size 750 ml
    Appellation Stellenbosch
    Grape Varieties 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Shiraz, 8% Merlot
    Wine Maker Coenie Snyman
    Alcohol Percentage 15.4%
    Fermentation Fermented in open-top fermentors. Pumped over and the cap manually punched down five times per day. Primary fermentation took 7 days, followed by a 10 day maceration. Mololactic fermentation took place partly in steel tanks and partly in barrels.
    Aging Left to mature in mostly new 300L French and American oak barrels for 23 months, the wine is then blended and bottled. Only after a further 18 months of bottle-maturation is the wine released.
    Acid 6.4 g/l

    Reviews for other vintages


    92 Wine Spectator, Nov 2015
    Vintage: 2012
    By James Molesworth

    Polished in feel, offering blackberry and black currant confiture notes that stream through, gilded with anise and espresso accents. A charcoal hint hangs in the background, but the fruit holds center stage. Nicely done. Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot. Drink now through 2019. 


    90 Vinous Media, Jul 2015
    Vintage: 2012
    By Antonio Galloni
    Drinking window: 2019 - 2028 • (15% alcohol: 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Shiraz and 8% Merlot): Deep ruby-red. Urgent aromas of blackberry, crushed cassis, licorice and fresh herbs. Sweet and plush on entry, then serious and backward in the middle in spite of its rather silky texture. Flavors of dark berries, licorice and soft brown spices show a chocolately Shiraz element. Finishes with plush tannins and lovely lingering sweetness. Virtually no sign of the funkiness that plagued some past vintages here.

    93 Wine Spectator Insider, Feb 2014
    Vintage: 2011
    By James Molesworth
    Dense, with dark currant, fig and blackberry fruit, layered with charcoal, grilled savory and tobacco notes. An iron edge underpins the finish, adding length and cut to match the heft. A serious Cabernet blend. Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot. Best from 2015 through 2020.—J.M

    92 Wine Spectator, Apr 2013
    Vintage: 2010
    By James Molesworth
    The charcoal- and savory-tinged grip bolsters the core of steeped blackberry, black currant and anise notes. Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot. Best from 2014 through 2018. —J.M.

    92 Wine Spectator, Jun 2013
    Vintage: 2010
    By James Molesworth
    Dense, with charcoal-and savory-tinged grip lending cut while the core of steeped blackberry, black currant and anise notes waits in reserve. The long finish has sinewy tannins that should integrate in the cellar. Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot. Best from 2014 through 2018. 1,945 cases made. - J.M.

    91 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Jun 2013
    Vintage: 2010
    By Stephen D. Tanzer
    Bright ruby-red. Scented, complex nose offers cassis, blueberry, violet and cocoa powder. Suave, spicy and intense, showing lovely cut and penetration to the red and dark berry and spice flavors. Finishes firmly tannic and long, with the structure for a graceful evolution in bottle. This is excellent. 91(+?)

    93 , Jan 2013
    Vintage: 2009
    By James Molesworth
    Very sleek and very focused, with a tightly wound core of damson plum, bitter cherry and linzer torte flavors that's harnessed for now with savory herb, singed iron and shiso leaf notes. There's piercing drive on the finish, with very mouthwatering acidity, while the grip hangs in reserve. Should move along nicely in the cellar. Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot. Best from 2013 through 2020. 450 cases imported.

    93 Wine Spectator Insider, Nov 2012
    Vintage: 2009
    By James Molesworth
    Very sleek and very focused, with a tightly wound core of damson plum, bitter cherry and linzer torte flavors that's harnessed for now with savory herb, singed iron and shiso leaf notes. There's piercing drive on the finish, with very mouthwatering acidity, while the grip hangs in reserve. Should move along nicely in the cellar. Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot. Best from 2013 through 2020.

    93 eRobertParker.com, Dec 2012
    Vintage: 2009
    By Neal Martin
    The 2009 Estate is a blend of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Shiraz and 8% Merlot and offers a glorious bouquet of raspberry, wild strawberry, blood orange and a touch of vanilla. The palate is medium-bodied with supple, lithe tannins. There are layers of pure blackberry and mulberry fruit with a lovely, elegant, refined finish that evinces astute winemaking. This is a sophisticated Stellenbosch. Drink now-2020+.

    93 Wine Spectator, Dec 2012
    Vintage: 2009
    By James Molesworth
    Very sleek and very focused, with a tightly wound core of damson plum, bitter cherry and linzer torte flavors that's harnessed for now with savory herb, singed iron and shiso leaf notes. There's piercing drive on the finish, with very mouthwatering acidity, while the grip hangs in reserve. Should move along nicely in the cellar. Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot. Best from 2013 through 2020.