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Five Soldiers Chardonnay, Rustenberg


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Key features

Grape VarietyChardonnay

CountrySouth Africa


StyleFull Bodied & Rich

Vintage2012 / 2013



Rustenberg has a wine-growing history dating back to 1682, when settler Roelof Pasman, from the wine region of Meurs near the Rhine in Germany, recognised the potential of the rich, red granite soils of the Simonsberg. The estate flourished, reaching its peak in the 1820s, only to fall victim to phylloxera and the ensuing recession in the second half of the century. Peter and Pamela Barlow purchased Rustenberg in 1940, and the regeneration of this illustrious estate began, replanting new vineyards, enlarging and updating cellars, even installing an electricity-driven crusher thanks to the new power line now serving the farm. Their son, Simon, took over running the farm in 1987 and is the force behind the 21st century Rustenberg.

Named after five large stone pine trees on a hill standing sentinel over the Five Soldiers vineyards. The Five Soldiers is the apex of Chardonnay at Rustenberg and is a highly collected wine. Characterised by measured power and complexity, designed to be drunk with food and benefitting from a few years of careful cellaring. It illustrates the true character of each vinetage and is a barrel selection of the finest batches of each year.
Full fruit flavours and measured oaking, together with good aromatics and ideal acidity, made 2010 an excellent vintage in the vineyard and cellar.

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