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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 Riebeeksrivier Chenin Blanc 2018

(90 pts)

Cape of Good Hope range
Category: Chenin blanc wooded, dry

Appealingly unfruity expression of chenin, with scrub, fynbos & earth in 2018, as well as the animated acidity, uncompromising dryness & length of previous. Only 25% barrel fermented, mostly older oak, 7 months on lees. Worth cellaring.

Wine tasted by Cathy van Zyl.

Anthonij Rupert Wyne Rosé 2018

(89 pts)

Jean Roi range
Category: Rosé dry

Chic Provence-inspired 2018 from cinsaut with shiraz, dash grenache. Lovely pale hue, berry & sage bouquet, sleek & dry conclusion for charcuterie or solo sipping. Also in 1.5 & 3L.

Wine tasted by Cathy van Zyl.

Anthonij Rupert Wyne Sagnac

(92 pts)

L'Ormarins range
Category: Brandy

First brandy in SA produced in Armagnac alambic still. From Robertson colombard & ugni blanc, 10 year old NV is golden hued, with subtle, soft, dried apricot, peach & pear aromas. Full bodied & round, finishes silky smooth. Handsome 500 ml packaging.

Wine tasted by Winnie Bowman.

Anthonij Rupert Wyne Sangiovese 2016

(86 pts)

Terra del Capo range
Category: Sangiovese

Sour cherry flavour, fresh tannin & acid bite, Italianate dryness, 2016 is variety-true & ready for food or solo enjoyment. Raises the bar on 2015 (3.5 stars, 85 pts).

Wine tasted by Cathy van Zyl.

Anthonij Rupert Wyne Serruria Chardonnay 2017

(94 pts)

Cape of Good Hope range
Category: Chardonnay wooded

Handsome 2017 from 2 Elandskloof vineyards, poised & precise, with rapier-like acidity (no malo), oystershell minerality. Quiet lemon-lime tones smartly accented by vanilla from partial (80%) barrel ferment/ageing, 40% new.

Wine tasted by Cathy van Zyl.