Anthonij Rupert Wyne in Franschhoek’s uncompromising commitment to quality has been rewarded with three 5-star ratings for wines in its illustrious portfolio in the latest edition of the authoritative and internationally recognised Platter’s South African Wine Guide 2021.
The deserving wines are the Anthonij Rupert Cabernet Franc 2014, the Cape of Good Hope Laing Groendruif 2017 and the Anthonij Rupert Cabernet Sauvignon 2015. This is the 2nd consecutive year that the Cabernet Franc and Groendruif have been awarded the sought-after 5-star rating.
Already part of an impressive lineage with consistent high scores for previous vintages, the grapes for the Anthonij Rupert Cabernet Franc 2014 were carefully selected from vineyards planted on specific sites. Winemaker Dawie Botha describes this stellar wine as showcasing aromas of fruitcake, cassis and spicy flavours, with intriguing floral nuances on the finish. On the palate, the wine holds the promise of berries with added vibrant spice and graphite notes. The defined backbone of oak adds welcome support to the fruit flavours, resulting in a wine with an elegant and refined finish. This wine can be purchased directly at the farm or via the estate’s online shop at R610 per bottle.
As part of the Old Vines Initiative, the grapes for the carefully cultivated Cape of Good Hope Laing Groendruif 2017, a semillon, were sourced from Henk Laing’s farm, Trekpoort, situated on a stretch of land between Lamberts Bay and Clanwilliam on the Skurfberg Mountain overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. In winemaker Mark van Buuren’s opinion, this is the perfect “wine for all seasons” showcasing stone fruit aromas tinged with a honeyed note and a light lanolin nuance. It’s a well-textured wine with a lovely interplay of stone fruit, and the addition of a vibrant lemon zest brightness carries through to a tangible flinty feel. The appealing freshness is perfectly contrasted by subtle use of oak. These flavours work in perfect harmony, resulting in a well-structured wine with a long and rich finish. The Cape of Good Hope Laing Groendruif 2017 is available at the estate’s tasting room and online at R125 per bottle.
Completing the stellar 5-star line-up is the Anthonij Rupert Cabernet Sauvignon 2015. The grapes for this wine were sourced from vineyards planted on specific sites and soil types. The grapes were harvested by hand and after fermentation were left to age in French oak barrels for 24 months. Once bottled, the wine was left to age for another 24 months in the bottle before being released. The palate is effortlessly sleek and suave with understated elegance. Prominent fruitcake flavours along with cassis and brambles, cedar spice and delicious succulence contribute to the warm, comforting texture. The harmony of fruit and wood is superb. Dawie describes this wine as being layered, textured, complex and refined, with a lingering aftertaste on the palate. In his opinion this is without a doubt “a vintage for the ages” which will mature with distinction. It is available at the tasting room and online at R610 per bottle.
For more information on these superb wines, visit www.rupertwines.com.