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‘South Africa’s Momentum’

South Africa is on a roll. And Rust en Vrede is leading the way.

In the Wine Spectator’s latest annual report on the nation’s wines (“South Africa’s Momentum,” July 31, 2014), James Molesworth notes that “South African wines are booming in popularity.” And for good reason: “With a diverse range of red and white varietals, cool- and warm-climate viticultural areas and relatively modest pricing overall, South Africa has much to offer,” Molesworth says.

Rust en Vrede, one of South Africa’s most acclaimed estates, is well represented on author Molesworth’s list of “Recommended Wines From South Africa,” compiled from wines tasted and rated in the past year.

94 RUST EN VREDE 1694 Classification Stellenbosch 20091694
Densely packed, with dark currant, fig and blackberry notes lined with a strong charcoal edge, this Syrah-Cab blend is impressively rendered.

94 RUST EN VREDE Cabernet Sauvignon Stellenbosch 2010
A big, rich, muscular style, with flavors of currant paste, fig preserves and racy cherry confiture.

93 RUST EN VREDE Stellenbosch 2011
A dense red, displaying dark currant, fig and blackberry fruit, layered with charcoal, grilled savory and tobacco notes.

93 RUST EN VREDE Syrah Stellenbosch Single Vineyard 2011
A ripe Cabernet blend, with blueberry, blackberry and plum sauce flavors, a brambly structure and notes of toasted spice and anise.

Also on the list:

93 CIRRUS Syrah Stellenbosch 2010
A big, broad, toasty style, offering a core of crushed plum, steeped currant and blackberry paste flavors, with a charcoal note.

And on the “Top Values” list:

88 GUARDIAN PEAK Cabernet Sauvignon Western Cape Frontier 2012
Offers solid plum and currant fruit, with briar and tobacco notes.

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