Rustenberg Ida’s White and Red
I don’t think there are many wine farms that can say that their first bottling of wine was in 1892 and that they are still around as a leading winery producing outstanding quality wines! So good are their wines that anybody serious about collecting wine will have several Rustenberg’s maturing in their cellars.
The Rustenberg farm is made up of two farms, Schoongezicht and Rustenberg which were brought together by Peter and Pamela Barlow after they had purchased Rustenberg in 1941. The magnificent farm borders on Ida’s Valley which is an outlying suburb of Stellenbosch.
The Rustenberg Ida’s wines are a new addition to their range but the idea was conceived from the success of the Rustenberg Dry Red and Schoongezicht Dry White which were so enjoyed in the 70’s and 80’s. Many folk today will remember when the Cabernet and other wines were priced out of reach for many during these years, so the old Dry Red became prominent on their dinner tables while growing up all during a time when wine consumption and production was on a different scale and had a different image than it has today. While the wine making practices and styles are poles apart from their parents the two new Ida’s wines have the same intent……. to have a Rustenberg product affordable to enjoy regularly yet to provide a quality product to all wine drinkers.
The Ida’s White 2011 is predominantly Sauvignon Blanc (sourced from Elgin) and the rest of the blend is made up of Chardonnay, Viognier, Semillon, Roussane and Grenache Blanc which gives the overall complexity of the wine without losing drinkability and freshness. I found delicious flavours of light tropical melon with hints of apricot leading to an intense yet lengthy finish.
The Ida’s Red 2011 is Merlot based with added components of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz with small amounts of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Flavours of dark soft berries with hints of spicy chocolate the wine is firm but supple on the finish.
Both wines have labels which are modernised from the original dry red and dry white and come with screw cap ultra light weight bottles. This shows Rustenberg’s commitment not only to the wines carbon foot print but also to the fact that they believe that the bigger heavier bottles are becoming less important when selling a good wine.
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Rustenberg Ida’s White 2011 @ R53.00
Rustenberg Ida’s Red 2011 @ R63.50