Anthonij Rupert is one of South Africa’s top producers of premium and super premium table wines grown across four properties in Franschhoek, Elandskloof, Kasteelberg and Darling. Their line-up of wines include everything from the comfortable and traditional varietals for which South Africa is best known (Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinotage, Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon), right through to adventurous and progressive varietals, such as Ugni Blanc, Marsanne, Sangiovese, Carignan and Petit Verdot. Across all the various brands and ranges crafted at Anthonij Rupert, you will find well-made and authentic wines that appeal to thoughtful lovers of South African wines. These varied and diverse terroirs create a veritable artists’ palate of raw materials from which to draw; and, the final bottlings have emerged as one of South Africa’s most sought after and celebrated collections of estate wines.
ANTHONIJ RUPERT OPTIMA 2016
The Anthonij Rupert collection is the flagship of the Anthonij Rupert wines portfolio. Only the best is good enough for this range and presently, it comprises six wines–all red.
Beautiful seductive interplay of spice and red and black berry fruits on both the nose and palate. The mouth is succulent and packed with black cherry, blueberry and plum. Adding to its complexity is a notable violet hint and inky depth. Complex, layered, rich and powerful without being chunky or aggressive. Nothing is overplayed or dominant; it’s superbly structured and all the piece fit together well. Restrained use of oak and deliciously long with a finish that lingers.
Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and a whisper of Petit Verdot. The wines were made separately, and aged separately for 18 months in 225ℓ French oak barrels (35% new oak). The wines were blended and aged for a further 6 months in barrel and tank, and bottle-matured for 24 months before release.
This red blend pairs perfectly with grilled and roasted meats and roasted veg. It’s also excellent with most hard cheeses.
“Blackcurrants, brambleberries, mint, eucalyptus and paprika. Full body, structured tannins and a warm finish. Drink in 2020.” -James Suckling, Jun. 25, 2018
92 / 100 POINTS
Producer: Anthonij Rupert Wyne
Wine: Anthonij Rupert Optima
Origin: Franschhoek, South Africa
Price: $29.95 per bottle
LCBO #: 455915