Anthonij Rupert Optima Red Wine 2018, Franschhoek, Western Cape, South Aftica

Anthonij Rupert Wyne, founded on the L’Ormarins Farm, in Franschhoek, was originally owned by the late Anthonij Rupert, who passed away in 2001. His brother Johann Rupert took over the running of the farm in 2003 and named the brand in honor of his brother. The focus at Anthonij Rupert is on terroir specific wines, and therefore the ranges are made from several sites. Each site offers optimum varietal specific growing conditions, allowing Anthonij Rupert Wyne to adhere to the requirements of their different brands. Anthonij Rupert Optima is a Cabernet Franc driven Bordeaux-style blend, utilizing grapes from Franschhoek and Darling. The blend comprises of 40% Cabernet Franc, 35% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine is silky smooth on the palate, and exceptionally well balanced. Ripe dark berry flavors are at the fore, with a hint of peppery spice and a balancing earthiness.