2020 Anthonij Rupert 'Protea' Merlot

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2019 Anthonij Rupert 'Protea Merlot'

Tasting Notes 

Vibrant black cherry and plum aromas with a hint of tomato plant and dark chocolate. The wines has instant appeal with soft, squish, succulent dark fruit with a light tobacco leaf edge. Ample plum and cherry with spice highlights and deeper earth- and cocoa notes below. Softly textured but with a supportive structure and frame. Lovely, generous ripe-fruited finish.

In the Vineyard 

These grapes are mostly selected from the Groenekloof ward in the Darling area. This area is unique because of its warm days and cool nights. This, together with the deep red soil, is beautifully expressed in the wine as a mix between dark and red fruit flavours with good concentration and a soft juicy tannin structure.

About the Harvest 

The Merlot grapes were harvested by hand at 24.8° Balling.

In the Cellar

After de-stemming and crushing the wine is transferred to 10 000 French oak tanks and 10 000 L stainless steel tanks. Fermentation on the skins takes place at 26°C for about 15 days. The wine is drained from the skins and pressed. The free-run juice and press juice are aged separately and blended after 8 months. Maturation takes place in 225 L 2nd- and 3rd –fill French oak barrels and also on new French oak staves in tanks for about 8 months.


Anthonij Rupert Wyne was founded on the farm, L`Ormarins in Franschhoek. Originally owned by the late Anthonij Rupert, who passed away in 2001, the farm was eventually taken over by his brother Johann Rupert in 2003 and the brand named after him. It was Johann Rupert who constructed a state-of-the-art winemaking facility, catapulting the farm into a prestigious wine estate and the beginnings of what is now a sprawling enterprise.

The focus is on terroir specific wines and therefore it would seem obvious that the brand is made up of an impressive portfolio of farms representing the best in grape producing locations. The portfolio is made up of L`Ormarins situated in Franschhoek, Rooderust in Darling, Riebeeksrivier in the Swartland and Altima in isolated Elandskloof. Individually each site offers optimum varietal specific growing conditions, allowing Anthonij Rupert Wyne to adhere to the requirements of their different brands.


Year 2020
Bottle Size 750ml
Cultivar 100% Merlot
Country South Africa
Alcohol content
13.75% alc vol 
Units of Alcohol per Bottle 10.3 units
Type Red Wine
Cellaring Potential Ready to enjoy now but will keep 3-4 years too.
Food Matching Ostrich with plum sauce
Allergen Information Contains sulphites
Origin Darling, Paarl, Robertson
Appellation WO Western Cape