Johann Rupert, owner of the Anthonij Rupert Wine Estate, has deep, long term links with sport, not just rugby but also golf, and their values fit so well with the ethos of Sporting Wine Club. As well as being Chairman of Richemont, the parent company to Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, Johann has also done much to advance the values and wider potential of sports in society. He played a pivotal role in founding the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation in 1990, which harnesses the power of sports to improve the lives of disadvantaged young people around the world, and co-founded the Sports Science Institute at University of Cape Town. A former cricketer and accomplished golfer himself, he was inducted in 2007 into the South African Sports Hall of Fame and in 2009 into the South African Golf Hall of Fame.
Winemaker Notes: This vineyard was picked in 2 stages, the bottom part of the vineyard separately from the top part, there being a slight difference in ripening as well as different clones, each contributing to a range of flavours and variation in structure. Grapes were hand-picked into small lug-boxes in the early morning and transported to the cellar in refrigerated trucks.
Vintage Notes:All the fruit was de-stemmed and then fermented in old wooden 3 ton tanks and small 1 ton open top Stainless steel tanks. These grapes were worked very gently during fermentation. After fermentation the wine was aged in old 225L French oak barrels for 10 months and finally bottle aged for 2 years.
The 2019 vintage was later and cooler than usual. The previous vintages were very dry with 2019 by contrast having ample rain and cold weather. Strong winds were experienced in flowering season resulting in a smaller crop with looser bunches and smaller berries, and thus more flavor and color concentration in the resultant wine. The slower ripening resulted in good phenolic ripeness with well-balanced acidity levels.