On the shelf because I love this opulent Cab. Deep ruby with bold black currant, cigar box and dark chocolate. Yum. The Estate is my favourite lunch spot in the entire Cape Winelands, bar none.
The Rust en Vrede property was granted by the Governor of the Cape, Simon van der Stel, official Title Deed being March 12th, 1694. The Cape Dutch buildings on the property date back to 1780 and today they all have National Monument status. They are used on a daily basis and Jean Engelbrechtstill lives in the Manor house where he grew up.
His parents, Jannie (a Springbok legend who played 66 times for South Africa) and Ellen (a former Miss South Africa), acquired Rust en Vrede in 1977 and immediately embarked on a full restoration of the Estate. First they restored and equipped the original winery and in 1978 Jean’s father made the first vintage of the modern era. An extensive vineyard re-planting also took place, focusing on Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot. Over the years the wines have gone from strength to strength and today they are made under the steady hand of Coenie Snyman.