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Rustenberg - Peter Barlow 2017


  • Country: South Africa
  • Wine Region: Stellenbosch
  • Wine Area: Simonsberg
  • Wine Maker: Randolph Christians
  • Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14.1%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2023
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 92 (2013) VS: 91+ (2010) JR: 16 (2012) WS: 89 (2008) WE: 91 (2006)

Wine tasting notes

This wine is made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from our very finest vineyard. It is characterized by an upfront perfume, intermingled with concentrated cassis, black cherries and some herbaceousness.

Winery Information


Rustenberg Estate, founded as long ago as 1682 on the slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain in Stellenbosch, stands proud as one of the true grandees of the South African wine trade. Current owners, the Barlow family, have been at Rustenberg for over 70 years – the longest period any one family has owned the farm. Their family ownership has transformed Rustenberg from a distinguished producer on the local scene to a new era South African standard setter on the international stage.

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2013)92 pts

April 2017 - Reviewer : Neal Martin. The 2013 Peter Barlow, matured exactly the same as the 2012, comes from a much cooler season. It has a less intense bouquet, perhaps with fine delineation with blackberry, blueberry and melted tar aromas, developing quite complex dried violet petal aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, quite saline in the mouth with black fruit mixed with a subtle marine influence. It perhaps just needs a little more persistence on the finish, but otherwise I am intrigued to see how this will age. It might just have the edge over the 2012 Peter Barlow.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2010)91+ pts

Bright, saturated medium ruby. Still-youthful brooding scents of cassis, peppery herbs, tobacco leaf and pungent graphite minerality; an essence of traditional Cabernet. Densely packed, fine-grained and remarkably light on its feet, showing strong pepper-and-herb lift to its cassis and mineral flavors. Shows terrific definition and energy in the middle palate and really echoes on the back end. There's a hint of sweetness here that's nicely buffered by brisk acidity and the wine's firm tannic spine. This is remarkably youthful for its age and I would not be at all surprised if it merited an even higher score in three or four years. -- Stephen Tanzer (2012)16 pts

Sweet, creamy cassis fruit. Chewy tannin and overt vanilla oak on the finish. Dry, slightly astringent finish with a touch of sourness. (RH)

Wine Spectator (2008)89 pts

Nov 2013 - Mature but still fresh, with a savory streak running alongside the black currant and steeped cherry notes. Iron and cedar thread the finish. An old-school version.

Wine Enthusiast (2006)91 pts

Earthy notes of fresh whole tobacco leaf, licorice and vanilla bean spice up the blackberry and cassis fruit on the nose and palate. The velvety mouthfeel is loaded with dusty, fine-grain tannins, with a lifting acidity that keeps the long, cedary finish fresh and vibrant. Ready to drink now, but should also keep nicely for another 2–4 years. — L.B. (3/1/2012)

Vinification Notes

Traditional vinification was employed with ± 9 open pump-overs & the wine was racked and returned twice. This was followed by 2 weeks extended maceration. Natural, primary fermentation was followed by Malolactic fermentation in barrel. Due to minimal filtration, this wine may throw a slight deposit in the bottle. 100 % New 225 litre French oak barrels. Matured for ± 20 months. Bottled: June 2008.