Anthonij Rupert Cape of Good Hope Riebeeksrivier Syrah 2017
Gentle herbaceous base note of dried lavender underpins more typical fynbos, blue and black fruit on the nose. A structured, elegant yet powerful wine, the palate delivers black cherry, plum and dried herb flavours with a subtle punctuation of black pepper. Layered and complex, the ripe fruit is both succulent and beautifully integrated with the oak, which adds a light, dry tannin frame. The finish is long and refined.
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International businessman Johann Rupert’s model winemaking enterprise, named for his late brother, Anthonij, has the 18th century L’Ormarins Estate as its Franschhoek home. The venture encompasses an internationally successful quintet of brands, namely: Anthonij Rupert, Cape of Good Hope, L’Ormarins, Terra del Capo and Jean Roi.
The Cape of Good Hope range was created in recognition of the Cape of Good Hope’s vinous heritage which stretches back more than 350 years when the first Governor of the Cape planted grapes. These unique wines are the result of irreplaceable parcels of old vines and site specific terroirs. The labels reflect the grape variety as well as the origin and singular characters behind them.
The Syrah grapes are from vineyards located on the Riebeeksrivier Farm in the Swartland. The climate is typically Mediterranean. The shale soils are similar to the soils of the Côte Rôtie in the northern Rhône.
Fermentation took place in a combination of Italian concrete and Stainless steel tanks. The wine was aged in 225L French oak barrels for approximately ten to twelve months. No new oak was used for aging this wine.