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37% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Cabernet Franc

Optima 2018 - Anthonij Rupert

Optima 2018 - Anthonij Rupert

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On the nose Optima 2018 has an intense hint of plum, fresh flowers and dried lavender. On the palate, this red wine confirms the aroma of fresh flowers and rich and spicy bush, with notes of aromatic herbs and fynbos.

Optima has a solid but elegant structure, with perfectly integrated and harmonious wood.

Persistent and highly distinguished finish. The wine is ready for an excellent tasting, but will reward further refinement in the bottle.

Pair with: Meat, game, spicy dishes and aged cheeses Serving temperature: 18° C

Alcohol: 14%

Cap: Cork

Origin

Wine of Origin South Africa.
Franschhoek.

In the vineyard

The grapes selected for Anthonij Rupert Optima come from the L'Ormarins estate in Franschhoek and the Rooderust estate in Darling. Specific sites, with mainly decomposed granitic soil and unique climatic conditions, selected as the most suitable for producing the best grapes for the Optima blend.
Many vines have been affected by the drought of the last 3 and 4 years and, despite the presence of moderate rainfall, the size of the harvest is smaller than previous years. The smaller grapes helped maintain an excellent balance between acidity and sugar as well as a discreet distribution of flavors.

In the cellar

The grapes are selected by an optical sorter, capable of identifying only the best quality bunches. The must ferments on the skins in different fermentation tanks and is then subjected to a prolonged maceration. The wine then matures in 225 liter French oak barrels (30% new) for 20 months.

Awards

Tim Atkin: 90;
2018 Diner's Platter: 92.

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