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Anthonij Rupert Optima
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Anthonij Rupert Optima 2015

Franschhoek Valley, Paarl, Coastal Region, South AfricaThis blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon was sourced from Franschhoek and Darling. The wines were made and aged separately for 18 months in 225L French oak barrels (35% new), then blended, and aged for a further 6 months in barrel and tank, before a bottle stint for 24 months prior to release. All that means it's primed for drinking now, with a leathery base drawing dried cherry, earthy red cassis, dried florals, tobacco along an autumnal palate. Tannins are worn nubby, and provide a spiced wood framework to this fading, shading oxidative red. Drink now, with roast root veg or roast beef.Tasted: 05 June 2020Tasted by: Prices: BC 39.99 select private retailers Producer: Anthonij RupertDistributors: The Wine Syndicate
Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon - Merlot - Cabernet FrancCSPC: 82917UPC: 6009800071863