Anthonij Rupert Optima 2010 Front Label
Anthonij Rupert Optima 2010 Front Label

Anthonij Rupert Optima 2010

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750ML / 13.5% ABV
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750ML / 13.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Spicy fruitcake, cherry tobacco and cigar box aromas with juicy plum highlights tempt the nostrils. Complex and refined nose. There's more elegance and genteel character in the mouth. Ripe and yielding plush black berry fruit, again with abundant spice. As soft and smooth as a ballroom dancer gliding and dipping in a Viennese waltz! Silky tannins, good integration of fruit and oak which has led to leashed power and superb structure. A wine that's drinking well now but which is made for the long haul and will reward patience.

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A solid, grippy version, and a bit of a throwback, with dark charcoal and well-singed cedar notes lining the dark currant and plum sauce flavors. Shows a loamy echo through the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc.
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Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
The 2010 Anthonij Rupert Optima offers a good look into South Africa's ability to produce Médoc-styled wines. This wine shows pleasing blackcurrants and a note of flowers. Drinks very well now and would be wonderful with lighter meat dishes. (Tasted: August 11, 2016, San Francisco, CA)
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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 brother. It was under the guidance of Johann that a complete overhaul of the estate was conducted, which resulted in one of the most state of the art wineries in South Africa.

The Anthonij Rupert Wines philosophy of matching variety to site, to produce the highest quality of fruit, with neither expense nor commitment spared to capture that quality in a bottle, guarantees a current portfolio of wines that are second to none. This philosophy was exemplified in the first Wine Spectator ratings, in which 3 of the 4 wines received 90+ratings.

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Originally named Franschhoek meaning the “French Corner” because it was home to the influx of French Huguenots, today the valley contains many historic cellars and is an important tourist location because of its proximity to Cape Town.

This valley falls to the southeast of Paarl and is enclosed on three sides by towering mountains. Streams from the slopes flow down to the valley floor, converging to form the Berg River. The area excels in the production of full-bodied reds.

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One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, the best of these are densely hued, fragrant, full of fruit and boast a structure that begs for cellar time. Somm Secret—Blends from Bordeaux are generally earthier compared to those from the New World, which tend to be fruit-dominant.

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