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Anthonij Rupert Optima
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16½/20

Anthonij Rupert Optima 2015

Franschhoek Valley, Paarl, Coastal Region, South AfricaOptima is a 40/35/25 blend of cabernet franc, merlot and cabernet sauvignon from the Franschhoek and Darling districts. It pours a deep ruby that's beginning to show some evolution. The fruit is at a similar place: ripe black cherry and plum that have started to dry out, alongside cedar and dried herbs. The wood is also nicely supported by the fruit, with 18 months in French oak (35% new) that adds another layer of complexity without distracting. It's a medium-bodied and fresh Bordeaux blend, though a little tart on the finish, with tannins that are already quite nicely resolved. There's no need to wait on this; it's drinking well now and at peak for this palate.Tasted: 18 June 2020Tasted by: Prices: BC 39.99 select private retailers Producer: Anthonij RupertDistributors: The Wine Syndicate
Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon - Merlot - Cabernet FrancCSPC: 82917UPC: 6009800071863