Rust En Vrede Merlot Stellenbosch 2012

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COLOR Deep ruby red AROMA Ripe plum aromas with notes of dried fruit reminiscent of Christmas Cake, combined with subtle dark chocolate undertones. TASTE Smooth, elegant mid-palate with a good integration of soft red fruit and a subtle oak spice finish. Length/Type of Fermentation: Primary fermentation took 7 days, followed by 14 days maceration. Malolactic fermentation took place in barrels. Length/Type of Aging: Matured for 14 months in French oak before release.

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Rust en Vrede Wine Estate:
For 315 years Rust en Vrede has stood peacefully among the vineyards of Stellenbosch. Through centuries there were periods when wine was produced, but for the last 32 years our family have specialized in producing only red wine with the focus on Shiraz, Cabernet and Merlot. Many accolades have been bestowed upon the estate and some of the more memorable were when Rust en Vrede was chosen by P... Read more
For 315 years Rust en Vrede has stood peacefully among the vineyards of Stellenbosch. Through centuries there were periods when wine was produced, but for the last 32 years our family have specialized in producing only red wine with the focus on Shiraz, Cabernet and Merlot. Many accolades have been bestowed upon the estate and some of the more memorable were when Rust en Vrede was chosen by President Nelson Mandela to be served at the Nobel Peace Prize dinner, hosting the King and Queen of Denmark for a lunch with my family at the Manor House, and when Rust en Vrede was nominated as the first South African red wine in the Top 100 Wines of the World. This honour was repeated for four consecutive years. Today Rust en Vrede continues to be a fine example of what Stellenbosch is all about and we will strive to be a driving force in promoting our wines, our region and ultimately our country. You are always welcome at Rust en Vrede and on behalf of my family and colleagues, we are looking forward to your visit. Read less
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Source: WineGlobe.com
01/29/2009

58 % Cabernet Sauvignon 33% Shiraz 9% Merlot Background First to specialize in the exclusive production of red wine only, Rust en Vrede is now South Africa?s Premium red wine estate. Our full-bodied, new-oak matured wines are a manifestation of the



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COLOR Deep ruby red AROMA Ripe plum aromas with notes of dried fruit reminiscent of Christmas Cake, combined with subtle dark chocolate undertones. TASTE Smooth, elegant mid-palate with a good integration of soft red fruit and a subtle oak spice finish. Length/Type of Fermentation: Primary fermentation took 7 days, followed by 14 days maceration. Malolactic fermentation took place in barrels. Length/Type of Aging: Matured for 14 months in French oak before release.

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