Rust en Vrede was the first Stellenbosch private winery in South Africa to specialize in the exclusive production of red wines. In the early 1980s, it also became the first producer in South Africa to make a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot, a wine now known as Rust en Vrede Estate. Run by Jean Engelbrecht. the ambassador of South African wines, and with the help of head winemaker Louis Strydom, the evolution of Rust en Vrede's wines and image were rewarded when Wine Spectator named the Rust en Vrede Estate to its Top 100 Wines four years in a row, a first for a South African winery.
Rust en Vrede
Named for the year the winery was founded, the Rust en Vrede 1694 is intense and deeply opaque, with aromas of dark chocolate and licorice. It has well-integrated tannins that give the wine a full mouth feel, ending in a long, powerful finish.
Dark crimson in color, this wine features a fresh, juicy aroma of blackberries and violets with hints of red fruit. The body is balanced and tightly structured, with layers of supple tannins on the long, juicy finish.
The Cirrus Syrah is made through a partnership between two world-renowned wineries: Rust en Vrede in South Africa and Silver Oak in California. It is dark purple with berry aromas and a bouquet of floral notes. This wine is powerful at first, but then rounds out with a lingering, well-structured finish.
A deep crimson red in color, this wine displays a ripe fruit and cassis aroma beautifully integrated with subtle oak and lead pencil characteristics. The flavors of cedar and licorice are balanced by spice and oak notes for a complex palate and balanced finish.
This wine is ruby red with an aroma of rich plum and chocolate with notes of blueberry and spice. The elegant, well-balanced body is layered with fresh berry flavors and rich tannins, leading to a complex finish.