The Rustler (2011) is a Chenin Blanc from Western Cape, South Africa. Chenin Blanc is a grape variety from Loire valley of France, but it is grown extensively in South Africa. The grapes can produce a wide variety of wines from sparkling to dessert wines. The Rustler is a carefully crafted example of a Chenin Blanc from the premium Overburg district in the Western Cape region.
|Loire Valley, France|
|Overburg, Western Cape|
The Rustler is a fresh, sweet white that is very citrus forward. It has a light, crisp aroma that tingles the nostrils and a cool, fresh feel on the palate. The Rustler has strong notes of lemon with hints of apple and honeycomb. All in all it is a very refreshing white that is lovely to drink all on its own.
The Rustler is a bit on the dry side and pairs quite well with shellfish. It is strong enough to stand up to a bit of smoke and spice, but if you are pairing it with mussels you should stick to a white sauce. The wine pairs equally well with a flaky, bitter cheese and a creamy smoked Gouda, though it pairs particularly well with the Gouda. The top notes of lemon are overwhelmed by the Gouda, but the sweeter hints of fruit and honey are left intact and compliment the cheese quite well.