Rust en Vrede, the first South African estate to specialize exclusively in red wine, produces full-bodied wines that express the uniqueness of the Stellenbosch terroir. The Merlot is an elegant, well-balanced wine with an underlying, refreshing quality.
Dark purple in the glass. Smoky notes with intense dark berry aromas, framed by oak spice. Fleshy dark fruit continue on the palate with firm tannins and lingering flavours of spice and dark coffee. Medium bodied with well balanced fruit acidity.
Enticing citrus and tropical fruit aromas lead to fresh, zesty flavors of pineapple, lemon-lime, mango and green fig, backed by a racy acidity. Herbal undertones shine through on the mineral-tinged finish.
Grapes were sourced from select vineyard sites in Robertson (65%), Paarl (20%) and Elgin (15%), characterized mainly by calcareous red Karoo clay and decomposed granite soils. Vines range in age from 6-16 years. Approximately 20% of the vines were dry farmed, low-yielding bush vines. Grapes from the cooler coastal regions bring a zesty citrus and herbal character, while warm climate fruit imparts a tropical fruit profile and a fuller texture.
2012 was a great vintage for Sauvignon Blanc. Cool, dry weather throughout the growing season led to a slightly later harvest than usual. Berry size was smaller than normal, resulting in wines with a lovely fruit intensity. The wines achieved full phenolic ripeness while retaining loads of fresh, racy acidity.
VINIFICATION AND MATURATION:
The grapes were harvested in the cool early morning hours, then crushed and gently pressed. After the juice was chilled and settled, it was cold fermented in stainless steel tanks. Approximately 20% of the wine was aged on its lees for three months before blending and bottling.
Intense red colour with a purple rim. A spicy profile with ripe black fruit and violets. Smooth and rich on the palate with soft tannins, good density and a hint of oak. A well balanced, unpretentious wine made for easy drinking.