ANTHONIJ RUPERT BLEND 2009:
VINTAGE NOTES: The vineyards for this specific blend were chosen from our best sites. The L’Ormarins vineyards with the decomposed granite supplied the richness and fullness to the wine. The Rooderust vineyards, which has more clay and a slightly warmer climate, supplied the intense fruit aromas. Together these terroirs produced a unique wine.
WINEMAKING: Grapes are picked by hand, placed into small lug boxes and transported to the cellar in a refrigerated truck. In the cellar, the whole berries are manually double-sorted and then gravity-fed into wooden fermenters. Each batch is cold soaked for a few days and then slowly brought up to temperature. Fermentation takes place naturally. The wines were aged for 24 months in 100% new French oak, bottled unfiltered and bottle-aged for 24 months.
TASTING NOTES: A hint of cherry blossom teases on the bouquet, adding a floral lift to the bold red fruit and plum aromas. Rich, ripe, plush and velvet-textured, the wine is silky smooth on entry. Abundant Christmas pudding fruit notes are grounded by a spice, dark chocolate and earthy nuance. Deep, multi-layered and broodingly seductive there is also a firm backbone of supportive oak which lends structure and dry tannin balance. Subtle, refined and elegant with a lingering spice aftertaste.
AVERAGE TEMP: 17.97°C
HARVESTING BEGAN: 23 /02 / 2009
HARVESTING ENDED: 12 / 03 / 2009
ORIGIN OF FRUIT: L’Ormarins / Rooderust
SOIL TYPE: Decomposed granite