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Rustenberg - Roussanne 2019


  • Country: South Africa
  • Wine Region: Stellenbosch
  • Wine Area: Simonsberg
  • Wine Maker: Murray Barlow
  • Grape: Roussanne
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14.5%
  • 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

This wine has a fragrant perfume of lilies, as well as peach and apricot fruit with complex flavours of green apple, which are also evident on the palate. Characters of sweeter pineapple flesh out the mid-palate and give weight to a peppery finish with great minerality.

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 (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

After hand harvesting, the grapes were whole bunch pressed before fermentation in stainless steel tanks. Following fermentation, the wine spent a month on its lees prior to bottling.