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Rustenberg - Five Soldiers 2017


  • Country: South Africa
  • Wine Region: Stellenbosch
  • Wine Area: Simonsberg
  • Wine Maker: Randolph Christians
  • Grape: Chardonnay
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 13.1%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 93 (2012) VS: 92 (2012) WS: 90 (2012) WE: 90 (2011) D: 4 (2010) JP: 4 Stars (2012)

Wine tasting notes

This wine is a medium - full-bodied wine, with ripe apple, melon and peach with a touch of minerality. A very complex wine with a long and creamy finish.

Winery Information


A prestigious family owned winery near the town of Stellenbosch, Rustenberg has invested heavily in recent years; overhauling the cellar and building a new, inviting tasting room. The farm has a long pedigree, having been established in 1683 as a Dutch homestead. The current owners are the Barlow family, with second generation Simon Barlow steering the estate toward ever high quality since 1987. Their prize wines are the John X Merriman Bordeaux blend, a fleshy, supple Merlot dominated wine and.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2012)93 pts #215 Oct 2014 Reviewer : Neal Martin. The 2012 Five Soldiers Chardonnay comes from some of the oldest vines on the property, around 22 years old that tend to suffer a lot of coulure that lower yields, whole-bunch pressed with slightly more new wood (70%) for 15 months. The bouquet handles the wood well, with attractive dried honey and candle wax aromas complementing the citrus fruit. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity and frankly you would hardly notice the oak. Citrus fresh with delicate white peach and pink grapefruit notes, this is a lovely Chardonnay.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2012)92 pts

Straw-yellow. Inviting aromas of peach, fresh apricot, vanilla and sexy oak spices. Densely packed and saline, offering soft tangerine and orange blossom flavors supported by underlying minerality (this wine is from decomposed granite soil). Boasts lovely mouthfilling breadth without any undue weight. Finishes slightly phenolic, salty and very long. This wine has been bottled under screwcap beginning with the 2009. Incidentally, the Five Soldiers are 150-year-old stone pine trees on the estate.-- Stephen Tanzer

Wine Spectator (2012)90 pts

This has a mature edge but remains fresh, with a warmed brioche frame around the yellow apple, melon and pear fruit, gliding through the hazelnut-tinged finish

Wine Enthusiast (2011)90 pts

Chalky, mineral tones infuse the clean apple, Asian pear, white peach and melon rind aromas on the nose of this wine. It’s pure and focused, with ample acidity that cuts through the ripe fruit flavors on the palate. Hints of orange blossom and clove-spiked citrus unfold on the finish. Drink now–2017. — L.B. (3/1/2015)

Decanter (2010)4 pts

Ripe, vibrant citrus nose with plenty of forward tropical fruit, discreet oak. Peach, grapefruit and lime marmalade flavours. Concentrated, powerful

John Platter (2012)4 stars

Named for the stone pines guarding the renowned chardonnay block. All elements of Stellenbosch version with more power & body; 2012 not as refined as 2011; 70% new oak gives buttered brioche & fresh rye overtones; bottle-age starting to show, ready to drink.

Miscellaneous (2011)

Trophy at Trophy Wine Show,Double Gold Medal at Veritas Awards.

Vinification Notes

Whole bunch pressed directly to barrel for natural fermentation and maturation of 15 months. 100 % MLF (Malolactic Fermentation) occurred naturally. Oak used: 500 L Burgundian barrels. 70% new oak for 15 months.