2013 Anthonij Rupert, Cape of Good Hope Western Slopes, Riebeeksrivier, Swartland, South Africa

2013 Anthonij Rupert, Cape of Good Hope Western Slopes, Riebeeksrivier, Swartland, South Africa

Product: 20131511893
2013 Anthonij Rupert, Cape of Good Hope Western Slopes, Riebeeksrivier, Swartland, South Africa

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This wine is a bin-end, discounted by 20%.

This is predominantly Shiraz, with Grenache and Carignan. The nose hints at brambles and dark chocolate. The dark fruit character continues on the palate with notes of white pepper spice and smokiness. Medium-bodied and ripe on the palate, the finish is fruit-led and persistent.
Katherine Dart MW, Wine Buyer


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Anthonij Rupert

Anthonij Rupert

From its home base on historic L’Ormarins wine farm beneath the jagged peaks of the Groot Drakenstein mountains in Franschhoek, Anthonij Rupert Wines has cast its net wide, across the length and breadth of the Cape winelands, in search of what it takes to make the finest wines this corner of the winemaking world has to offer.

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Swartland

Swartland

After Stellenbosch, t, the west coast district of Swartland (25 miles due north of Cape Town, between the towns of Malmesbury and Piketberg) now ranks as the Cape's most exciting wine-producing district.

Settled initially by nomadic Khoikhoi from Namibia, the Dutch brought trade, vines and unrest to the region in the 17th century.

The British then transformed the area into the Cape's bread basket, viticulture being developed only more recently. This contrasts with an ancient geology which has brought a mix of shale, arenite sandstone and granite soils air-conditioned by the Atlantic Ocean nearby.

Chenin Blanc and Shiraz seem to do best, as exemplified by the wines of Eben Sadie and Mullineux.

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Syrah/Shiraz

Syrah/Shiraz

A noble black grape variety grown particularly in the Northern Rhône where it produces the great red wines of Hermitage, Cote Rôtie and Cornas, and in Australia where it produces wines of startling depth and intensity. Reasonably low yields are a crucial factor for quality as is picking at optimum ripeness. Its heartland, Hermitage and Côte Rôtie, consists of 270 hectares of steeply terraced vineyards producing wines that brim with pepper, spices, tar and black treacle when young. After 5-10 years they become smooth and velvety with pronounced fruit characteristics of damsons, raspberries, blackcurrants and loganberries.

It is now grown extensively in the Southern Rhône where it is blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre to produce the great red wines of Châteauneuf du Pape and Gigondas amongst others. Its spiritual home in Australia is the Barossa Valley, where there are plantings dating as far back as 1860. Australian Shiraz tends to be sweeter than its Northern Rhône counterpart and the best examples are redolent of new leather, dark chocolate, liquorice, and prunes and display a blackcurrant lusciousness.

South African producers such as Eben Sadie are now producing world- class Shiraz wines that represent astonishing value for money.

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The 2013 Riebeeks River Red Blend is pure Shiraz. It has a slightly dusty bouquet with blackberry and coca scents, quite fresh though perhaps requiring more floral components synonymous with the grape variety. The palate is medium-bodied with a sharp, bilberry and blackberry infused entry. The tannins feels a little sharp and there is a tinny note towards the finish, but there is satisfactory freshness and it has an easy-going sensibility.
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Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate. 30th November 2015.  Read more