Rustenberg Peter Barlow 2005
By Christian Eedes, 29 January 2016
Back when “big wines” were still better, the 2005 was much touted for Stellenbosch reds but many quickly ran out of puff. A recent bottle of the Peter Barlow, flagship single-variety Cabernet Sauvignon from Stellenbosch property Rustenberg, closed under screwcap was impressive, however.
A archetypal nose of cassis, oystershell, tobacco and tomato cocktail. The palate, meanwhile, was full but balanced – pure fruit, a good line of acidity and wonderfully powdery tannins. The wine has an alcohol by volume of 14.82% but this does not jar unduly, although there’s no mistaking the overall power of the wine. It drank very well and there was a definite sense of it being able to mature with benefit for a long time still to come.