Anthonij Rupert Optima Red Wine 2012, Franschhoek, Western Cape, South Aftica

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. The historic L’Ormarins wine estate, established in 1694, is nestled beneath the jagged peaks of the Groot Drakenstein mountain, where the granite soils produce strong, expressive wines. It was out of this Estate that Johann Rupert created Anthonij Rupert Wines, a tribute to his late brother. The wines of Anthonij Rupert are a true representation of this larger than life individual: big, with bold flavors that will leave a lasting impression. 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 on the Rooderust Estate and the L’Ormarins Estate in the Western Cape. Each varietal is paired to a selected soil, climate and slope to achieve the Optima blend.