Anthonij Rupert, Optima 2019
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.
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Bordeaux Blend, Red Blend
CULTIVAR: 37% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Cabernet Franc
IN THE VINEYARD: The carefully selected grapes for Anthonij Rupert Optima, come 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 characteristics, which form unique components of the final blend in Optima.
VINTAGE NOTES: Many vines were still battling to recover from the drought the Western Cape had experienced over the previous three to four years, even with a moderate to good rainfall. Crop size decreased to a record low. Despite the decreased yields and some uneven ripening, this vintage could provide wines of good quality. Smaller berries helped to maintain a balance between acidity and sugar as well as a decent distribution of flavors.
WINEMAKING NOTES: 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 were used 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.
TASTING NOTES: 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
Alc: 14% | TA: 5.8g/l | RS: 2.4g/l | PH: 3.61
Bordeaux Blend, Red Blend
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.