The Rupert & Rothschild partnership was formed in 1997 by the late Dr Anton Rupert of South Africa and the late Baron Edmond de Rothschild of France. The partnership was carried forward by their sons, the late Anthonij Rupert and Baron Benjamin de Rothschild. Today, the Rupert family and Baron Benjamin de Rothschild share this wine partnership. Fredericksburg, the historic French Huguenot farm which produces these wines, was established in 1690 at the foot of the Simonsberg mountain in the Franschhoek Valley. Over 300 years ago the early French Huguenots first discovered a terroir similar to that of winegrowing regions in France and chose to settle and cultivate vineyards there.
Anthonij Rupert had long held the Chardonnay varietal in high regard. He wanted to show the world the potential of this wine when born from South African soil. And so it was that in 1998 the first vintage was released, and as a wine of great sophistication, named in honour of Baroness Nadine de Rothschild. This 100% Chardonnay is from twelve year old vines. Eleven months of maturation occurred in the primary fermentation vessels; 33% first,
25% second and 19% third fill 300L French oak barrels, the remainder in 2500L French oak foudres.