Restful, peaceful, Rust en Vrede

by  |  18-11-2011

Established in 1694 by ex-Governor, and rather unpleasant fellow, Willem Adriaan van der Stel, the 54 hectare estate of Rust en Vrede has quietly graced the vineyards outside of Stellenbosch for several centuries now and is owned by the Engelbrecht family. In Afrikaans, the name means, “rest and peace” and the grounds do indeed live up to both words, even though the tasting room is quite poshy and upscale. Their tasting fee is R 30 for standard wines and R 50 for top level, reserve wines although even if you’re not up for a taste, just visiting the winery can be a pleasant experience. The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon spends 18 months in French oak and 18 months in bottle. This particular grape happens to take up 60% of the estate. In the glass, it presents a deep currant and cinnamon nose tinged by mulberry. Spicy and dark. It has a […]
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