Wine of the Month (September ’17)

As you know by now, I absolutely love red wines and Cabernet Sauvignon is definitely one of me and my husbands favorite cultivars.

My first interaction of Rust en Vrede was when we use to come to Cape Town for Holiday and my Dad always went to Rust en Vrede for a wine tasting. On our first anniversary we had Rust en Vrede Estate wine. So with all of that said, I don’t think I need to say more of how mad I am about this Cabernet.

When we went for lunch and a tasting in August and I had this Cabernet I knew this is my choice for the wine of the month of September……It is a heavy full bodied wine with excellent aging potential in Afrikaans I name this wine as a “Pappa” wine.

There is nothing subtle and small about it.  Please hashtag me #winewithelmarie when you try my wine recommendations.  I would love to hear from you and see what you are enjoying.



Wine of the Month of September (Rust en Vrede Cabernet Sauvignon 2014) - elmarie berry good food


Rust en Vrede Estate Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon


Tasting Notes

Deep Ruby. Bold crème de cassis, cigar box and liquorice are subtly supported by notes of black currant and dark chocolate.

A great example of a Rust en Vrede Cabernet Sauvignon, approachable, opulent wine is full of velvety tannins with a refined, elegant yet bold finish.

  • Grape Variety: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Appelation: Rust en Vrede Estate, Stellenbosch
  • Viticulturist: DIrkie Mouton
  • Winemaker: Coenie Snyman


  • Alcohol: 15.16%
  •  pH: 3.61
  •  Acidity: 5.9 g/l
  •  Res. Sugar: 2.9 g/l


Established in 1694, Rust en Vrede is proud to be part of a remarkable three hundred year old wine tradition.

Since 1977 the Engelbrecht family has specialized in the exclusive production of red wine, with the focus on Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.

Proprietor Jean Engelbrecht has worked to maintain Rust en Vrede as one of South Africa’s premium red wine estates, with full-bodied and complex wines that reflect the uniqueness of its Stellenbosch terroir.

Climate and Soil

Mediterranean climate with precisely 995mm rainfall during vintage growing season.

Rust en Vrede is a warmer microcosm in the Helderberg area, which is why we specialize in red wine, particularly Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah which lend themselves to full bodied wines with powerful structure.

Our north facing vineyards are planted in Tukulu soil which derives from Helderberg granite and Table Mountain sandstone, showing good water retention which allows for only moderate vine stress during dry years, A higher amount of sandstone allows for more drainage which results in weaker growth and more intense wines, carefully monitored and supplemented by drip irrigation.


Picking for the Estate vineyard fruit started a bit later than usual in the last week of February and went on until the 15th of April.

The vintage was that of far larger proportions, coming in at 44% larger than average. Due to a good spring, fruit set was good and led to high yields.

The last two weeks of harvest brought rain which mimicked that of the typical Bordeaux season, these rains were consistent and helped ripen the fruit which led to an elegant vintage.

Harvest Date: End of February until 15th of April

Maceration: 21 Days


Malolactic Fermentation in Barrel. 18 months in 100% French oak with medium toast.

Food Suggestions

I paired this iconic wine with my Buttered Gnocchi with Venison Ragu.



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