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Winery of the Week: Anthonij Rupert Wyne

International businessman Johann Rupert’s model wine-enterprise, named for his late brother, has 18th-century Franschhoek estate L’Ormarins as its mountain-silhouetted home. The venture encompasses an internationally awarded sextet of brands, and visitor attractions such as the 100+ year retrospective Franschhoek Motor Museum, linked to two tasting venues by bespoke trams. Grapes are sourced from the venture’s prime vineyards in Darling, Swartland, Elandskloof and the home farm, as well as other significant sites including old-vine parcels around the winelands. Vinified in custom, dedicated facilities such as the Cape of Good Hope Cellar, equipped with on-trend, amphora-shaped Italian concrete tanks. The team’s commitment to incremental improvements in both the vineyards and cellar is reaping rewards in the bottle.

Anthonij Rupert Wyne Late Bottled Vintage 2015

(84 pts)

L'Ormarins range
Category: Port-style, red

Fruitier & slightly sweeter ‘port’ than the classics from the Douro, but 2015 does have balancing fire & firm tannins. Fine winter’s night companion. From touriga, 2 years older oak.

Wine tasted by Cathy van Zyl.

Anthonij Rupert Wyne Merlot 2014

(93 pts)

Anthonij Rupert range
Category: Merlot

From selected sites & soil types, 2014 is admirably restrained & linear (whereas Cape of Good Hope sibling is rich & broad), still taut even after 5 years in bottle, with structure for further 5. 80% new wood. Limited 800 cases.

Wine tasted by Cathy van Zyl.

Anthonij Rupert Wyne Merlot 2018

(82 pts)

Protea range
Category: Merlot

Plum pudding & mulberry entry, juicy centre & smooth tannins, 2018 ticks all the crowd-pleasing boxes. These in distinctive, eye-catching bottles, each a different design, with twist-off cork.

Wine tasted by Cathy van Zyl.

Anthonij Rupert Wyne Optima 2015

(92 pts)

Anthonij Rupert range
Category: Red blends, Cape Bordeaux

Something of SA institution, this sibling to Anthonij is cab franc-led, with merlot & cab (40/35/25). 2015 attractively compact, smooth & well-formed, delicious now but can age good few years. Improves on 2014 (4 stars, 89 pts). Also in magnum.

Wine tasted by Cathy van Zyl.

Anthonij Rupert Wyne Parel Vallei Merlot 2014

(88 pts)

Cape of Good Hope range
Category: Merlot

Fruit from small suburban vineyard in the Helderberg, minuscule 269 cases. Vanilla-toned 2014 as rich as 2013 but also enlivened by tangy acidity, shaped by stemmy tannins. New barrique fermented, then 24 months in same vessels.

Wine tasted by Cathy van Zyl.