Rust en Vrede 1694 on Short List of Upstart Cult Wines
In a new post, The Manual – “The Essential Guide for Men” – moves beyond the usual cult-wine suspects, exploring “new and old world upstarts (that) are getting in on the action.” And one of author Shandana A. Durrani’s picks is the Rust en Vrede 1694, the blend of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon that honors the year the historic estate was founded. Here’s the excerpt from Durrani’s post, “Join the Cult: The Five Best Cult Wines in the World”:
2011 Rust en Vrede 1694 Classification Red
New World wines pack as much history and flavor as old world varietals and Rust en Vrede is so admired in South Africa even the late Nelson Mandela served it at a Nobel Peace Prize dinner. The 2011 Rust en Vrede 1694 Classification Red might pack the biggest wallop of all their wines. The 2011 harvest produced small berries with concentrated flavors and ripeness and this red exemplifies that, to the tenth degree, with cedar on the nose and raspberry on the palate. Best before 2020 ($140).