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Raves for Rust en Vrede

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For the second straight week, the Wine Spectator Insider is brimming with love for the wines of Rust en Vrede. Check out these three new reviews from South Africa tasting expert James Molesworth:

Rust en Vrede
Stellenbosch 2011
93 points | $50 | 3,750 cases made | Red
Dense, with dark currant, fig and blackberry fruit, layered with charcoal, grilled savory and tobacco notes. An iron edge underpins the finish, adding length and cut to match the heft. A serious Cabernet blend. Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot. Best from 2015 through 2020.—J.M.

Rust en Vrede
Syrah Stellenbosch Single Vineyard 2011
93 points | $97 | 113 cases made | Red
A ripe, bold style, with blueberry, blackberry and plum sauce flavors, lined with brambly structure and backed by lots of toasted spice and anise notes. This fruit-driven style has the grip for balance, revealing a graphite accent that runs through the finish. Best from 2015 through 2019.—J.M.

HOT WINE!
Rust en Vrede
Cabernet Sauvignon Stellenbosch
Vineyard Selection 2010
94 points | $97 | 113 cases made | Red
A big, rich, muscular style, with flavors of currant paste, fig preserves and racy cherry confiture. Bitter orange and cherry pit notes, along with savory and iron details, fill in the background. The long, energetic finish features a bolt of iron. Should age well. Best from 2015 through 2020. From South Africa.—J.M.

These reviews appeared in the Feb. 12 Wine Spectator Insider, which provides Spectator subscribers an advance look at the top wines that will be published in upcoming issues of the magazine.

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