Rustenberg is a well-known producer of high quality Chardonnays and the Stellenbosch Chardonnay embodies our
house style. Careful tending and selection in the vineyard followed by traditional wild barrel fermentation and
maturation produces a classic Chardonnay balancing the expression of fruit, freshness, full malolactic fermentation and
the influence of oak.
The 2021 vintage was produced with the challenges of COVID-19 ever present. The winter of 2020 started late after a
warm autumn and was cold with plenty of rain. The cool and wet conditions extended well into spring, through summer
and much of the harvest season. The result of these conditions was slow, steady, stress free vineyard growth and fruit
development. White grape yields were lower than average due to the impact of the weather during critical stages in
fruit development. The white wines from the vintage ripened two weeks later than in 2020 and achieved full ripeness
at lower sugar levels; producing wines with lower alcohols, excellent acidity and brilliant flavour development. Yields
were higher than average in the reds and the slow ripening season saw excellent flavour and tannin development. These
well-structured wines with moderate alcohols and good acidity should show plenty of potential to age.