Rustenberg Five Soldiers Chardonnay 2018


Bigger and richer than the straight Stellenbosch Chardonnay, but this too has shifted in style in recent vintages. There’s a touch of tropical guava fruit here, along with a drizzle of honey, but the core of the wine is all about freshness, with smart 70% new oak integration. 2020-24 93/100 Tim Atkin MW


The Five Soldiers vineyard is named after five tall stone pine trees called the “Five Soldiers” that tower over this site. Carefully selected Chardonnay bunches from this area are hand harvested for this special wine and then given royal treatment in the cellar. The final product is a very complex full-bodied wine, approachable in its youth however careful cellaring will exhibit the depth of the wine’s complexity and will reward patience.


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 and fruit forward, expressive whites and rosé.

  • Wine of Origin: Simonsberg, Stellenbosch
  • Varietal Blend 100% Chardonnay
  • Soil Types Decomposed Granite, Hutton and Tukulu
  • Trellising/Pruning System VSP (Vertical Shoot Positioned), 2 Node Spur Pruned
  • Irrigation Type Minimal Drip Irrigation
  • Picking Method & Date Hand Picked, February 2018
  • WINEMAKING Extraction Method Whole Bunch Pressed Fermentation Vessel 300 Litre French Oak Hogshead Barrels
  • Yeast Wild (Uninoculated)
  • Lees Aging Aged On Lees For Duration Of Oak Aging
  • Oak Aging 100% Aged For 15 months
  • Malolactic Fermentation Yes, 100%
  • Age and Type of Oak 70% New Burgundian 300L Hogsheads (Remainder 2nd fill)
  • Fining Agents Used Isinglass & Bentonite Final


Alc v/v: 13.5%
TA 5.5g/L
pH 3.30
RS 3.1g/L


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