My impatience struck again, as this was still a bit young.
Dark cherries, plums, leather, Christmas spices, pencil lead, and some chocolate. Heavy tannins that don’t ever seem to settle down, and a long white peppery.
Viti + Vini:
This is a blend of 50% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc. The grapes were handpicked over 2 months, fermented in steel tanks with extended skin contact. MLF/C in tanks. And matured in French oak for 16 months.
I don’t think anyone needs any further explanation of the established families behind the Rupert & Rothschild Vigneron winery.
The Rupert family own three other estates in Franschhoek – La Motte Wine Estate, L’Ormarins Wine Estate and Anthonij Rupert Wyn.
James de Rothschild purchased Chateau Lafite way back in 1868. This wine legacy was extended by Baron Edmond de Rothschild, his great grandson, with the acquisition of Listrac and Moulis-en-Médoc in 1973. Which has become Edmond de Rothschild Heritage, which includes vineyards in France, Spain, Argentina, New Zealand and South Africa.
The Rupert & Rothschild Vignerons was established by Dr Anton Rupert and Baron Edmond de Rothschild in 1977. Ruperty & Rothschild Vignerons produce three wines.
- Rupert & Rothschild Baroness Nadine, a single varietal Chardonnay, named after Baroness Nadine de Rothschild.
- Rupert & Rothschild Baron Edmond de Rothschild, a Bordeaux blend, named after the late Baron Edmond de Rothschild
- Rupert & Rothschild Classique