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Anthonij Rupert Optima 2012

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Winemaker Notes

Beautiful seductive interplay of spice and red and black berry fruits on both the nose and palate. The mouth is succulent and packed with black cherry, blueberry and plum. Adding to its complexity is a notable violet hint and inky depth. Complex, layered, rich and powerful without being chunky or aggressive. Nothing is overplayed or dominant; it's superbly strcutured and all the pieces fit together well. Restrained use of oak and deliviously long with a finish that lingers.

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JS 93
James Suckling
The nose is already quite developed, whereby lovely creme de cassis aromas are mingled in with hints of tobacco and leaves. Full-bodied and showing a core of still tangy ripe fruit. Very fine all around. Bordeaux blend.
W&S 90
Wine & Spirits
This is a blend of cabernet sauvignon (58 percent), merlot and cabernet franc selected from two estate vineyards, L’Ormarins, the firm’s original farm in the high elevation of Franschhoek, and Rooderust, in Darling, eight miles from the Atlantic. It aged for 18 months in French oak barriques (35 percent new) and then for two years in bottle before release. One taster compared its big, round presence to a Super Tuscan, noting the woodsy cedar spice and a pleasant touch of pyrazines in the flavor. It’s oaky, earthy, smoky and warm, suited to a steak.
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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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