Rust en Vrede
Jannie and Ellen Engelbrecht acquired Rust en Vrede in 1977, and immediately began a complete restoration of the historic 50 hectare estate whose title deed was granted by Simon van der Stel, the Governor of the Cape in 1694. The Cape Dutch buildings date back to 1780. The first thing the couple did was to restore and equip the original winery and the first vintage of the modern era was produced in 1978. The vineyards were replanted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot on ancient Tukulu soils, comprised of decomposed granite and Table Mountain sandstone. Today the focus remains the same, with Jannie and Ellen's son Jean Engelbrecht at the helm. Rust en Vrede means “Rest and Peace” and the property certainly lives up to its name, idyllically nestled at the foot of the Helderberg Mountain, between 85 and 130 metes above sea level. There is a warmer microcosm in this area because they are protected from the south-easterly wind by the Helderberg and Stellenbosch mountains and from the south-westerly wind by the foothills of the Helderberg. It is this warmer growing environment that is perfect for the cultivation of red grape varieties, and the production of full-bodied wines with a powerful structure and excellent ageing potential. Rust en Vrede's accolades are impressive. In 1993 their wines were chosen by President Mandela to serve at the Nobel Peace Prize dinner in Oslo, in 1996 they hosted the Queen of Denmark for an official lunch in the manor house of their estate, and in 2000 they were the first South African red wine to be named in Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of the World – an achievement they went on to repeat for four consecutive years, and were named again 2012 for a fifth time. The hallmarks of this iconic red wine specialist are complexity and balance; remarkable wines from a remarkable estate which you will see a depiction of on their labels.