South Africa

Anthonij Rupert OPTIMA Red blend 2012
Anthonij Rupert OPTIMA Red blend 2012
  • Model: red Bordeaux blend
  • Manufactured by: Anthonij Rupert

Price:   $39.99

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Details: 93James 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. 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.