Stellenrust named one of 3 Stellenbosch producers to watch by famous US wine influence

Wednesday, 23 October, 2013
Stellenrust Wine Estate
Stellenbosch, on South Africa's southwestern edge, near Cape Town, is one of the gems of the modern wine world. It's rich in history (the are was founded in 1679 by Simon van der Stel, the Governor of the Dutch Cape Colony), with viticulture dating back to the late 1600s.
Its soils are some of the oldest on the planet, and its sloping hills and proximity to the ocean make Stellenbosch a logical choice for growing fine wine grapes. Much of South Africa's nearly one billion liter annual wine production come from the area. Many wine producers call Stellenbosch home; not all of them, of course, are good. The best, however, are crafting world-class fine wines. Below are three Stellenbosch producers that exemplify the region's fine wine, and have releases that are available in the U.S.

Stellenrust's ultra-modern Stellenbosch tasting room with a not-so-modern exterior is a reflection of that producer's focus on both history and on modern, high-quality wine-making. Stellenrust's wines are clean and fruity, but also carry an Old World, French-style influence (the JJ line of wines are made via foot-stomping and without the use of machinery). Stellenrust offer a complex, concentrated and vibrant Chenin Blanc white wine that is made from vines that are around fifty years old, as well as a Rhone-influenced "Pepper Grinder" Shiraz red that has garnered critical acclaim.

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