Rustenberg Wines, located in the Simonsberg Mountain valley, has a wine-growing history dating back to 1682, when Roelof Pasman from Meurs, near the Rhine, recognised its wine-growing potential. By 1781 some 3000 cases of wine were produced on the farm. Production doubled by the end of the century and a new cellar was built. Wine has been bottled at this cellar for an unbroken period since 1892.
In 1941 Peter and Pamela Barlow bought Rustenberg, later acquiring Schoongezicht, the adjacent farm and reuniting the properties. Their son Simon took over the running of the farm in 1987. Simon’s son, Murray, joined in the running of the farm with his father in 2012. The Barlows have been at Rustenberg for over eighty years: the longest period any one family has owned the farm. The vineyards producing the grapes for Rustenberg’s wines climb the rich red slopes of the Simonsberg and the range of slopes and aspects allow site-specific plantings that enhance varietal characteristics.
With a long and very proud history of producing exceptional wines, Rustenberg’s winemaking style is simple: Produce quality wines true to the style of the Estate and the brand.
This wooded Chardonnay is named after five large stone pine trees on a hill standing sentinel over the Five Soldiers vineyards. The Five Soldiers is a barrel selection of the finest batches of Chardonnay each year.