Rustenberg has a wine-growing history dating back to 1682, when Roelof Pasman from Meurs, near the Rhine, recognised its wine-growing potential. By 1781 some 3000 cases of wine were produced on the farm. Production doubled by the end of the century and a new cellar was built. In 1941 Peter and Pamela Barlow bought Rustenberg, later acquiring Schoongezicht and reuniting the properties. Their son Simon took over the running of the farm in 1987. The Barlows have been at Rustenberg for over 60 years: the longest period any one family has owned the farm.
Stellenbosch and the Simonsberg Mountain range are synonymous with the production of great Cabernet
Sauvignon. Just over one third of Rustenberg’s vineyard plantings are dedicated to this variety and it is used
through all of our blended red wines, and the famous site specific Peter Barlow. The Stellenbosch Cabernet
Sauvignon is made in a more fruit forward and medium bodied style and is accessible in its youth but will benefit
from further bottle age. We recommend decanting this wine before serving.
This vintage was impacted by the fourth year of the ongoing drought in the region. The 2017 Winter was cold and
dry, followed by a dry Spring and Summer, with bouts of unusual weather. A number of thunder storms resulted in
a late onset of additional vigour in the vineyards. Unsettled weather and wind during flowering, along with a freak
hail storm and low levels of soil moisture decreased yields by 20% to 50%. The harvest began closer to its average
start date and the smaller berries and bunches yielded lower juice volumes per ton. The lower yields resulted in the
wines showing excellent concentration and body, producing rich, robust reds