Nestled against the base of Helderberg Mountain and shaded by giant oaks, the peaceful Rust en Vrede winery looks over steep slopes of vines and roses. This comparatively small estate specializes entirely in red wine and produces some of the very best in South Africa. In fact, Nelson Mandela chose this wine to be served at state functions when he was president. Rust en Vrede Estate is the flagship wine, a blend of predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, and around 10% Merlot grapes. The 2011 vintage is the current hot seller; its lush flavors are testimony to the hot Stellenbosch summers that give the fruit their flavor. Enjoy it now, but you can also put it away to mature in the bottle for another 10 years or more. Another weighty wine is the 1694 Classification (named after the year the farm was established). Look out for raspberry, cedar, and pencil shavings on your palate and nose.