Spectacular Wine Spectator ratings



Anthonij Rupert Wyne is proud to announce that the yet to be released, flagship Bordeaux style blend named “Anthonij Rupert 2007” recently scored 95 points in “Wine Spectator” magazine. Only five South African wines have ever scored 95 points in Wine Spectator and Anthonij Rupert 2007 is the first Bordeaux style blend from South Africa to have achieved this prestigious rating. The grapes from this classic wine are sourced from the most ideal sites on two estates owned by Anthonij Rupert Wyne, L’Ormarins in Franschhoek and Rooderust in the Darling area.

 

The decomposed granite soils from the L’Ormarins vineyards provide a deep richness and full body to the wine while the clay soils and warmer climate on Rooderust supply an intense fruit aroma. The grapes are harvested by hand in the early morning, placed in small lug boxes and transported to the state of the art, gravity fed, red wine cellar in cold-trucks.

The berries are then manually double hand sorted and fed into fermenters, using gravity alone, where each batch is cold soaked for a few days before the temperature is increased and fermentation occurs naturally. The wine is matured for 18-24 months in 100% new French oak, bottled unfiltered and bottle aged for at least a year before being released.

 

Wine Spectator’s tasting staff include 12 people in two offices. They work together to review more than 18,000 wines each year, more than any other publication. Together, their six senior tasters count more than 140 years of tasting experience.

 

They always taste wine blind in their offices in Napa and New York. Their guarantee is that their reviews are fair and objec­tive, and that a wine’s reputation or price does not influence its score. Each editor specializes in the wines of specific regions; their initials identify the taster of each wine reviewed. They score wines using the 100-point scale, explained below.

 

Wine Spectator’s 100-Point Scale

95–100 Classic

90–94 outstanding

85–89 Very good

80–84 Good

75–79 Mediocre

50–74 Not recommended

 

The wine was rated in their weekly “Insider” publication on 21 November 2012 and features under the “Hot Wines” section which are the “most exciting discoveries from our editors’ most recent tastings, pub­lished exclusively in Wine Spectator Insider. They are “high-scoring, low-production wines from around the world that may be difficult to find, but are worth seeking out.”

 

ANTHONIJ RUPERT

Western Cape 2007

95 points | $125 | 1,000 cases made | Red

Dense but detailed, with gorgeous layers of blackberry pâte de fruit, crushed plum, cassis and cherry preserves all seamlessly melded, while chocolate, Kenya AA coffee and roasted bay leaf notes fill in all the grooves on the finish. This has power, cut and balance. Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2020. From South Africa.—J.M.

James Molesworth Senior editor, New York

Joined Wine Spectator in 1997. Tasting beat: Bordeaux, Chile,
Finger Lakes, Loire Valley, Rhône Valley, South Africa

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