Rupert & Rothschild Baron Edmond 2005

By , 26 May 2011



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”.


3 comment(s)

  • Chris26 May 2011

    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.

  • Kwispedoor26 May 2011

    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!

  • Christian26 May 2011

    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….

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