Anthonij Rupert Optima 2013
The blend: 50% Cabernet Franc, 30% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Malbec.
TASTING NOTES: 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 pieces masterfully blended. Restrained use of oak and deliciously long with a finish that lingers.
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 and each varietal paired to a selected
soil, climate and slope.
WINEMAKING: In 2013 the grapes were handpicked in the early morning, placed in lug boxes and transported in refrigerated trucks to the cellar. The grapes were then sorted on a double-sorting table. After the cold-soaking, fermentation started and lasted for about 20 days. Malolactic fermentation took place in 225l new French oak barrels and 10000l wooden tanks. The wines were made 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.
HARVESTING BEGAN: 12/02/2013
HARVESTING ENDED: 13/03/2013
ORIGIN OF FRUIT: L’Ormarins & Rooderust
SOIL TYPE: Decomposed granite & clay