Wine Spectator 91 points - Rich and muscular, showing a strong loamy undertow beneath the layers of charcoal, tobacco, mulled plum and fig paste. Broad and fleshy in feel, focused through the finish, with a lingering ganache edge. Drink now through 2018. 35 cases imported.-JM
(Jun 30 2013)
Vinous 88 points - Good full red. Aromatic, varietally expressive nose offers blueberry, redcurrant, tobacco leaf and mocha. Supple on entry, then sappy and youthfully wound-up in the middle, hinting at red- and blackcurrant, tobacco, leather, mocha, smoke and earth. This nicely delineated wine’s firm tannic spine calls for patience. May well merit a higher score with three or four years of additional time in bottle.
88+ Points (May 2013)
The 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 was managed precisely to express the character of the different varietal and location.
|Wine maker notes
|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 fermentors. 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 225 L new French oak barrels, bottled unfiltered and bottle aged for a year.
|From its home base on historic L’Ormarins wine farm beneath the jagged peaks of the Groot Drakenstein mountains in Franschhoek, Anthonij Rupert Wines has cast its net wide, across the length and breadth of the Cape winelands, in search of what it takes to make the finest wines this corner of the winemaking world has to offer.