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.
2014 PROTEA MERLOT
The Western Cape of South Africa, or the expanse of land surrounding the international city of Cape Town, first welcomed European grape vines planted to its soil with the arrival of Dutch settlers in the 17th century. Today, this region continues to produce complex, warm climate wines, with ripe, palate-pleasing flavours. The estate of the late Anthonij Rupert has been producing wine in the region for decades. The Protea line, bearing the name of South Africa’s national flower, features accessible wines with a strong sense of terroir. While the winery is located less than 100 kilometers due east of Cape Town, this Merlot sourced from a vineyard in the cooler coastal Darling region, north of the city.
South Africa offers a style which often marries the perfect balance between old world and new, delivering spicy, balanced and generous red wines. This Merlot from Anthonij Rupert is an unbelievable value, and the perfect match for everything from casual fare like burgers or pizzas, right through to finer cuts of beef, lamb or game.
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“The fruit for this Merlot is grown in the Darling and Stellenbosch regions. Enticing red and dark fruit on the nose. Nicely weighted with ripe red berry flavours. Balanced and well made, this is crafted in a lean, Old World style. Long and concentrated finish. Enjoy with burgers or lamb kebabs.” (LCBO Vintages Tasting Panel)
Producer: Anthonij Rupert
Wine: Protea Merlot
Origin: Darling, South Africa
LCBO #: 443481
Price: Sold out!