Anthonij Rupert Optima 2009

Bordeaux Red Blends from South Africa

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Item No. 129772
  • red wine
  • WS90
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.

Winemaker's Notes

The 2009 Optima has deep, intense purple color with aromas of blackcurrant, cassis, ripe plum and rich fruitcake with a hint of tobacco leaf. On the palate, the wine presents an old-school feel, with roasted cedar and bittersweet cocoa notes surrounding a well-hewn core of black currant, fig and blackberry fruit. A loamy edge marks the finish.

Critical Acclaim

"Presents an old-school feel, with roasted cedar and bittersweet cocoa notes surrounding a well-hewn core of black currant, fig and blackberry fruit. A loamy edge marks the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc."
90 Points

Learn About Anthonij Rupert

The historic L"Ormarins wine farm was established not long afterwards in 1694. Until the early 19th century, most of the owners were from the French Hugeonot descent. The Rupert family purchased the estate in 1969, and continued the winemaking tradition. In 2005, Johann Rupert assumed ownership of the family wine business and created the Anthonij Rupert winery, after his late...

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Learn About South Africa

South Africa A long history of growing grapes and making wine, but less of a history on exporting it, and even lesser on the quality aspect. At the turn of the century (1900, that is), a surplus of wine in South Africa created a hierarchy of cooperatives, the biggest and best known being KWV. This organization seemed to favor quantity over quality and had most...

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Learn About Bordeaux Red Blends

Bordeaux Blends The Fab Five With so much history under its belt, it's no wonder that Bordeaux has figured out the recipe to produce amazing wines. Centuries of making (and drinking) wine led to the blend that has become synonomous with Bordeaux. Winemakers in the New World replicate this formula to create successful blends in their respective regions - you may see Bordeaux blends...

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