Crush – 100 South African Wines to drink now, #20 Anthonij Rupert Optima 2015…

Anthonij Rupert Optima 2015

The 2015 vintage is internationally regarded as one of South Africa’s finest to date, and if there’s one wine that illustrates that, it’s Anthonij Rupert’s Optima 2015. This vintage of this limited Bordeaux blend (40% Cabernet Franc, 35% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon) continues a legacy that has seen previous vintages consistently scoring 90 points and more with international experts.

Siobhan Thompson, CEO of Wines of South Africa (WOSA)

Commenting on the harvest, Siobhan Thompson, CEO of Wines of South Africa (WOSA), said: “The wines from our 2015 harvest are set to cement South Africa’s position as the most exciting wine producer in the world. The wave of optimism around the quality of South African wines will only continue.”

The barrel maturation cellar

The grapes for the Anthonij Rupert Optima 2015 come from Franschhoek and Darling. The grapes were hand-picked in the early morning and then hand-sorted in the cellar. After cold-soaking, fermentation started and lasted for about 20 days. Malolactic fermentation took place in new 225 litre French oak barrels and 10 000 litre oak tanks. The components were made and aged separately for 18 months in 225 litre French oak barrels (35% new oak) after which the wines were blended and aged for a further 6 months in barrel and tank, and bottle-matured for a further 24 months before release.

My tasting notes

In the 1990s, I had this wine on our wine list at our Parks Restaurant in Constantia. It was a popular wine then, and continues to be so.

From a Bordeaux shaped bottle, closed with natural cork. The label is elegant in the French Chateau style of etching. In the glass, at the heart it is a deep opaque bloodplum in colour which pales to ruby on the edges.  The impressive aromas and flavours are of black berry fruits like blackcurrants, mulberries and blueberries. These are repeated on the generous palate where the fruit makes it presence felt with a silky soft cashmere clad tannins, a harmonious acidity and a seemingly endless ending. The oak and its concomitant spice and vanilla in in support of the fruit rather than trying to be an equal partner.

I think, having had a bottle of the Anthonij Rupert Optima 2015 that this is a bottle for the end of a meal, preferably with a tranche of good cheese, like the Dalewood Winelands Brie with biscotti and watermelon preserve above. This plate prepared by Jacques Erasmus of Hemelhuijs in Cape Town.

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