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Rustenberg - Roussanne 2019


  • Country: South Africa
  • Wine Region: Stellenbosch
  • Wine Area: Simonsberg
  • Wine Maker: Adi Badenhorst
  • Grape: Roussanne
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14.56
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 89 (2010) JR: 16.5 (2011) D: 4 (2011) TC: 90 (2011)

Wine tasting notes

The Roussanne has complex aromas - spice, peaches, mineral. The colour is bright yellow with hints of green. The entry into the mouth is full and rich.

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 (2010)89 pts #196 Aug 2011 - Neal Martin - I recommend the 2010 Roussanne whereby 9% of the crop was raised in 300-liter Burgundy oak for two months. It has a light apple-blossom and wax resin bouquet with good definition, though it could do with a little more vigour. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp acidity and low residual sugar. This lends tautness and tension to the dried pineapple, watercress and pear skin finish. This is a commendable Roussanne. Drink now-2015. (2011)16.5 pts

Tasted Sept 2012 - Broad, waxy, interesting palate with peach, pear and a sort of peppery seasoning. Proper wine. Full and interesting and worthy. (RH)

Decanter (2011)4 pts

Full pineapple and bruised apple tropical nose. Spicy and fresh on the palate, with stone fruit, peach skin and lemon pith notes. Long, savoury finish

Tom Cannavan (2011)90 pts

2004 was the first production from 2001 plantings of Roussanne. Over years, Rustenberg has decided their Roussanne does not take to oak, so now around half the wine is whole bunch press, with only 12% fermented in barrel for only three months maximum. Lovely nose, a touch of oatmeal and rich full and ripe apple fruit,. Retains good acid and a little pithiness, touch of grapefruit and lemon pith. Very stylish, the oak barely noticeable but a touch of nuttiness.

Vinification Notes

Controlled irrigation is used when necessary to alleviate stressed vines and maximise the quality of the grapes. All grapes are hand-harvested in the early mornings and all vineyard blocks vinified separately, then blended for added complexity.