International businessman Johann Rupert’s model winemaking enterprise, named for his late brother, Anthonij, has 18th century L’Ormarins Estate, situated beneath the jagged peaks of the Groot Drakenstein mountains in the Franschhoek valley as its home. Anthonij Rupert Wyne focus on terroir specific wines made from a number of sites for optimal varietal specific growing conditions. Grapes are sourced from own prime vineyards in Darling, Swartland, Elandskloof and the home farm, as well as exceptional vineyard sites, including old-vine parcels around the winelands. Vinification is by specialist winemakers in four custom cellars. 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 Merlot is from vineyards on the Franschhoek and Darling farms, featuring decomposed granite soil.
The wines were aged for eighteen to twenty months in 80% new French oak, bottled unfiltered and further bottle-
aged for two years.
Anthonij Rupert Merlot 2018
Tempting herb notes overlay riper plum and berry fruit aromas. In the mouth hedgerow fruit or berries and plum flavours are joined by deeper, darker inky nuances of cocoa and cedar. A deceptively soft textured palate also shows intensity with spice and earthiness and some powerful muscularity from time in oak. The tannins are integrated and add structure and grip as well as a dry, oak element to the long fruited tail. Complex and delightful, will benefit from further ageing.
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