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Spectator Visits Rust en Vrede, Els, Rupert


In a series of posts for his “Stirring the Lees” blog, the Wine Spectator editor James Molesworth explores three South Africa wineries in the Terlato portfolio – Rust en Vrede, Ernie Els and Anthonij Rupert – visiting with the winemaker at each estate. You’ll need a Spectator account to access the pieces in full, but here are a few excerpts to tantalize you:

Rust en Vrede:

“Since the restaurant opened here in ’07, it’s actually made me think about wine differently,” said (Winemaker Coenie) Snyman, referring to the onsite, high-end restaurant which has garnered a reputation for being among the best in the country. “Big and bold might not always work. We’ve toned down the new oak and the American oak on the wines, and with the better natural acidity, I think these are wines that people will actually want to sit with and enjoy a meal with.”

Ernie Els:

“The Helderberg is tannins and I need to live with that,” said Winemaker Louis Strydom, noting the grippy nature of the wine. “You can’t wrestle it. Let the terroir pull the winemaking along, not the other way around.”

Anthonij Rupert:

One of the newly acquired properties in Rupert’s stable is the Riebeeksrivier estate, located in the Swartland. The 395-acre property has just 74 acres of vines now, with limited remaining land for vineyards (most of the estate is mountainside, with important water rights). (Winemaker Dawie) Botha is really pleased with the site. He drove me around showing me more single-stake plantings of Syrah, Grenache and more. At one point he hopped out to taste the berries. “Yes,” he said with a light laugh. “I really like how this parcel is doing.”

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