Rupert & Rothschild Baron Edmond 2005

Fit but you know it.

Rupert & Rothschild Baron Edmond might date no further back than the maiden 1998 vintage but this Bordeaux-style red blend is shaping up as South Africa’s best. The 2005 last night proved excellent , more savoury than sweet and showing balance and finesse. A blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, it spent 18 months in 100% new oak. Alcohol by volume of only 13.5%, which serves the wine well and poses the question as to why so many other wineries can’t manage this. The current-vintate 2008 vintage goes for R330 a bottle so not exactly “braai wine”.

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  1. ChristianMay 26, 2011 at 7:37 pmReplyAuthor

    The controversial Michel Rolland was involved as a consultant at the outset which might account for the earlier vintages having been in a riper style. Having interviewed Rolland some years ago, I can attest that he is not the villain that he is made out to be, but I do think that the French rock up in South Africa and can’t contain themselves with how easy the fruit ripens here as opposed to back home. Witness Lurton at Morgenster….

  2. KwispedoorMay 26, 2011 at 11:26 amReply

    I’m under correction, but some of the older vintages of this wine were also alcohol bombs. It’s just bad grapes or (mostly) bad winemaking. At least R&R made the correction – and they did it with their Classique, too. Good on them!

  3. ChrisMay 26, 2011 at 10:51 amReply

    When I was studying I worked at one the fine dining restaurants in Constantia to pay my way, which was where I first really got interested in wine. The 1998 Baron Edmund was on the winelist there and as a wine steward I had many chances to taste it. It was one of the first serious reds that I ‘got’ and will always stick in my mind as such. I hope to have a chance to try some of the more recent vintages some time.

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