Stellenrust was granted in 1692 to Douwe Gerbrand Steyn. Steyn was pivotal in the establishment of the East Indian Spice Route. He did not only oversee the building of the Castle of Good Hope as master stone mason, but was also one of the first to plant vineyards and make wine in the Cape. He registered the Stellenrust ‘finding rest in Stellenbosch’ trademark in 1928. Many moons later, Stellenrust still boasts being one of the largest family owned wine estates in South Africa carrying through generations of winemaking skills.
Stellenrust harvests from nearly 400 hectare of vineyards surrounding the beautiful town of Stellenbosch. From the decomposed granite of the Helderberg’s Golden Triangle to the sandy clay soils of the maritime Bottelary Hills – each site is specifically suited and selected for the grape varieties and wines produced.
Grapes for this wine were harvested from a fifty-six year old single vineyard of Chenin blanc on the slopes of the Bottelary Hills, hence the number on the front of the bottle referring to the age of the vines in the year the wine was made.