2006 Rust en Vrede Estate Red Blend Stellenbosch
93 points from The Wine Spectator: "Ripe and polished, with a superfresh core of red and black currant fruit, licorice, spice cake and braised fig. The great tangy, embedded structure carries the long, iron-tinged finish. Should stretch out nicely with cellaring. Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot. Drink now through 2015." 3,060 cases made. "The Rust en Vrede Estate Red Blend is the first South African wine to be in The Wine Spectators Top 100 four years in a row and only once in a decade did it score below 90 points, and that was 89 points.! The 2006 is a blend of 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Shiraz and 8% Merlot. Malolactic fermentation is completed in both tank and barrels with the three varietals vinified separately and then left to mature in mostly new French and American 300lt barrels for 23 months. After 18 months in bottle, the wine is then released. The nose has notes of plum, black cherry, spice, earth, and mocha. On the palate, the wine has good acidity with fine dusty supple tannins that support a powerful core of fruit that leads to a long lingering finish." Jim Chanteloup South African Wine Buyer.