Anthonij Rupert Optima red blend from Franschhoek MAGNUMAnthonij Rupert Optima red blend from Franschhoek MAGNUM

Anthonij Rupert, Optima 2017 Magnum

Homage to the late Anthonij Rupert, whose dream it was to make a Cape wine which could compete with the finest in the world.

Beautifully textured: silky, velvety, smooth and simultaneously plush. Cassis, blueberry, violet, touches of cedar, cocoa and tobacco leaf flavours.

Well-integrated, the oak is seamlessly balanced with the fruit. Lingering and harmonious with not a single element out of place.

92pts | Platter's

£46.00

In stock

Franschhoek

Bordeaux Blend, Red Blend

LightFull Bodied

Description

CULTIVAR(S)
51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot

TASTING NOTES
Seductive interplay of a melange of dark fruits and spice on the nose.

The seduction continues in the mouth: cassis, blueberry, violet, touches of cedar, cocoa and tobacco leaf. The palate is soft and spicy with a velvety texture and powdery fine tannins.

It is simultaneously rich, rounded and refined, softly appealing and structured from sympathetic oaking which is harmoniously integrated. Rewarding and long on the finish.

IN THE VINEYARD
The grapes selected for the Anthonij Rupert Optima, comes from our L’Ormarins Estate in Franschhoek and Rooderust farm in Darling. Specific sites, each with their own unique soil type and climatic conditions, were identified for the ideal grape selection, which make up unique components of the final blend in Optima.

VINTAGE NOTES
After a careful process of identifying the top terroir for each cultivar, sites were identified, assessed and then selected. Grapes were tested and tasted for ripeness by the winemakers on a daily basis. Vineyards were selected from different sites in the Western Cape (mainly Franschhoek and Groenekloof) and each varietal paired to a selected soil, climate and slope.

WINEMAKING
An Optical sorting machine was used to ensure that only the best quality grapes are used. Wine was fermented dry on the skins and underwent extended post fermentation maceration. This ensures deep colour and a good tannin structure enhancing the maturation potential in the wine. Malolactic barrel fermentation completed before the wine was racked off the lees. Each component was aged separately and then matured in 225L French oak barrels for 20 months with only 30% first fill barrels being used

Additional information

Alcohol vol

14%

Vintage

2017

Grape

Bordeaux Blend, Red Blend

Wine Farm

Origin

Darling, Franschhoek

An excellent match for classic steak with a Green Peppercorn sauce. Also slow cooked lamb tagine or hard cheeses such as aged Gouda, Mature Cheddar or Manchego.

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