Anthonij Rupert, Protea Merlot 2018

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  • Type:

    Red

  • Country:

    South Africa

  • Region:

    Western Cape

  • ABV:

    14%

  • Grape:

    Merlot

  • Grape Blend:

    Merlot 100%

  • Winemaker:

    Johan Rupert

  • Bottle Size:

    750ml

Anthonij Rupert Protea Merlot 2018 - Wine

Tasting Notes

Bright blue and black berry fruit aromas with a light leafy brush and cocoa nuances. In the mouth the wine is immediately fruity, supple, soft and rounded with abundant juiciness. The rich, dark berries come through, along with the gentle spice and cocoa notes. The texture or mouthfeel is plush and velvety which makes this a very appealing, drinkable wine. Good pliable structure and length of flavour.

Production Notes

After de-stemming and crushing the wine is transferred to 10 000 French oak tanks and 10 000 L stainless steel tanks. Fermentation on the skins takes place at 26CC for about 15 days. The wine is drained from the skins and pressed. The free run juice and press juice are aged separately and blended after 8 months. Maturation takes place in 225L 2nd and 3rd fill French oak barrels and also on new French oak staves in tanks for about 8 months.

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Producer Profile

Based on the L'Ormarins estate in Franschoek the Anthonij Rupert estate is fast becoming one of the most impressive and innovative wineries in South Africa.Fruit comes from four vineyard properties in Franschoek itself, Elandskloof, Riebeeksrivier and Darling.Johan Rupert has built one of the most driven and talented teams in the industry and the result is a suitable memorial to Johan's late brother Anthonij. We take three ranges from the Rupert stable the Protea range offers varietal wines primarily sourced from younger vines planted across the estates four vineyard sites. The Cape of Good Hope range is perhaps one of South Africa's most innovative. Mr Rupert has been at the forefront of a project to save South Africa's historic vineyards through collaboration with the vineyard owners who are paid a premium to preserve these old, low yielding vines. The Van Lill & Visser Chenin and Basson Pinotage are named after these growers and are genuinely some of the most exciting wines in the portfolio. Altima is sourced from some of South Africa's highest and coolest vineyards and look out for two new Rhone blends sourced from a farm in Riebeeksrivier in the Swartland. We are also delighted to carry the Anthoniij Rupert classic range a genuinely outstanding sparkling wine, the brilliant Optima (a Bordeaux blend) and single varietal reds made from the traditional Bordeaux grape varieties.