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 Optima 2019
Violet, blackberry, cherry, cocoa, spice, and fruit-cake scents instantly seduce. In a single whiff, classic Black Forest gateau. The mouth is soft, rounded, velvety, and loving with a dry tail with the same ripe and rich flavors. It is supple, textured, and elegant, offering focus, structure, and a velvety appeal. Layered, complex, cohesive, and satisfying.
37% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Cabernet Franc
To ensure that only the best grapes were utilized, all components were sorted using an optical sorting system. The wine underwent a lengthy post-fermentation maceration after being dry-skinned fermented. This guarantees good tannin structure along with deep color extraction. French oak and stainless steel tanks wereused for fermentation in order to enhance complexity. In the barrel, the malolactic fermentation was finished, and then the wine was racked off the lees. Before the final blend , each component was matured separately for 20 months in 225L French oak barrels, with 30% of those barrels being first fill.