Anthonij Rupert Optima 2009
By Christian Eedes, 28 March 2013
A visit to Anthonij Rupert Wines in Franschhoek is set to become one of the top experiences in the winelands, visitors able to take in the Franschhoek Motor Museum on L’Ormarins and then be transported through the vineyards for tastings at not one but two beautifully appointed tasting rooms – the Terra del Capo and Protea ranges available from the broken-stone building at the entrance of the neighbouring property previously owned by Graham Beck Wines and the Cape of Good Hope and flagship Anthonij Rupert Wine ranges in the original manor house. The excellent and extremely well priced antipasto available at the Terra del Capo tasting room is worth the trip alone.
As for the wines, the Terra del Capo and Protea ranges are generally workmanlike. To go with your imported Parma ham and melon, I’d recommend you opt for the characterful Protea Chenin Blanc 2011 (R40 a bottle) rather than anything else, the Terra del Capo Pinot Grigio 2012 (R59) being particularly bland.
If you’re looking for a red to go with your salami or carpaccio, purists may want to go for the Terra del Capo Sangiovese 2010 (R75) or the Terra del Capo Arné 2008, a co-fermented Merlot-Sangiovese combination (R115) but the more satisfying wine is the Anthonij Rupert Optima 2009, a Bordeaux-style red blend made in a modern style with plenty of ripe fruit, moderate acidity and soft tannins. It’s very polished but retains interest and at R125 a bottle, over-delivers at the price. Score: 16/20. The star of the show is the very refined Anthonij Rupert 2007 which I’ve reviewed before (see here) but you need to be feeling flush as it goes for R750 a bottle.