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Rustenberg Peter Barlow Cabernet Sauvignon

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Cracka Review

This classic bottle aged Cabernet from South Africa’s Rustenberg is a great example of how the Stellenbosch region makes wines in the mirror image of Bordeaux. It’s full of blackcurrant and spiced black fruit aromas before a palate that shows cassis and a slight leafiness. This is a wine worth decanting then served with a great cut of lamb.

Winemaker's Notes

The name of this wine pays tribute to the man who recognized the potential of Rustenberg, and bought the farm in 1941, reuniting the property, restoring its buildings and investing in its potential to make world class wines. The oldest Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard on the estate is named the Peter Barlow block and consistently produces powerful, long-lived Cabernet Sauvignon that is given the best possible treatment in the cellar. Peter's family now continues his legacy. We recommend decanting this wine before serving.

The Winter of 2007 was colder than usual, with more rain than in previous years: This boded well for good budbreak during the cool Spring. The rain in February and March slowed the harvest down, and this combined with strong winds made 2008 a challenging vintage in the vineyards. Cooler nights and warmer days took us into the harvest period, with a greater number of days reaching above 30°C than in the previous 4 years. Despite these challenges, even ripening and consistent grape condition for both white and red varieties were achieved in a warm vintage, resulting in ripe, expressive whites and fruit-forward, bold reds.

Characterized by an upfront perfume, intermingled with concentrated cassis, black cherries and some herbaceousness.

Cellaring: 10 – 15 years from vintage under ideal cellaring conditions.

Alcohol: 14.62%

Awards and Accolades

Silver Medal - Old Mutual Trophy Awards 2013

Silver Medal - Veritas Wine Awards, SA October 2013

Silver Medal - International Wine Challenge 2013

4 ½ Stars - John Platter Wine Guide 2013

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