Based on the L’Ormarins estate in Franschoek the Anthonij Rupert estate is fast becoming one of the most impressive and innovative wineries in South Africa. Fruit comes from four vineyard properties in Franschoek itself, Elandskloof, Riebeeksrivier and Darling. Johan Rupert has built one of the most driven and talented teams in the industry and the result is a suitable memorial to Johan’s late brother Anthonij.
Anthonij Rupert Cabernet Franc 2017
Beguiling nose of ripe, dark berries and spicy fruitcake with some cedary cigarbox highlights. Rich and ripe in the mouth yet displaying elegance and refinement, the same spicy fruitcake and cedar flavours mingle with a deeper forest floor and cocoa powder note. Good firm frame of oak and rupe tannin but wood doesn’t dominate the fruit. Gentle floral lilt at the tail end of a long aftertaste. Balanced throughout.
The Franschhoek vineyards selected for the Anthonij Rupert wines are chosen from vines planted on very specific sites and soil types. The canopies of each block and the final yield of each site were managed precisely to express the character of the different varietal and location. Grapes are picked by hand, placed into small lug boxes and transported to the cellar in a cool truck. In the cellar, the whole berries are manually double-sorted and then gravity-fed into fermenters. Each batch is cold-soaked for a few days and then slowly brought up in temperature. Malolactic fermentation occurred naturally in the barrel. The wines were aged for 18- to 24 months in 225l new French oak barrels, bottled unfiltered and bottle-aged for a year.