About this WINE
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.
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.
There are over 200 different grape varieties used in modern wine making (from a total of over 1000). Most lesser known blends and varieties are traditional to specific parts of the world.
From the west coast district of Swartland, some 25 miles due north of Cape Town, come a medium-bodied Bordeaux blend of 41 per cent cabernet franc, 30 per cent merlot, 29 per cent cabernet sauvignon and one per cent petit Verdot. Complex and structured with lashings of blackcurrant and an underlying spiciness, it’s easy to see why it has become the flagship wine from the historic L’Ormarins winery. Its name pays homage to producers Johann Rupert’s brother Anthonij, who sadly died in a car crash in 2001.
John Clark, The Independent