An eternal lover of the blushing hues of Rosé, Anthonij Rupert Wyne swept me off my feet with their limited release Jean Roi Cap Provincial Rosé 2018, bottling a piece of history in a blend of allure, romanticism and excellence.
I’m always craving a good bottle of Rosé. Call me sentimental, but there’s just something so ethereal about the intensely aromatic nose of a glass of Rosé, perfectly chilled and enjoyed at leisure. Both graceful in the bottle and on the palate, I often turn to this blush beauty in moments of reprieve, allowing myself to relish in bursts of berries and stonefruit.
And if anyone knows how to romance a wine lover, it’s Anthonij Rupert. Probably one of the most aestethically pleasing bottles of wine to meet my hands, I was left slightly breathless when I received a bottle of their Jean Roi Cap Provincial Rosé 2018.
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 taken over by his brother Johann Rupert in 2003. It was Johann Rupert who constructed a state-of-the-art winemaking facility on the estate, and the beginnings of what was to become a sprawling enterprise with a focus on terroir specific wines (website).
Jean Roi Cap Provincial Rosé 2018
Paying homage to Jean Roi, the French Huguenot from Provence who pioneered the L’Ormarins Wine Estate’s 300-year-old viticultural history, the Jean Roi Cap Provincial Rosé 2018 is a blend of Cinsault, Grenache and Shiraz.
Tasting notes: A lovely subtle, understated interplay between the red fruit notes of strawberry and raspberry and the fresh acidity which adds crisp life. The delicious tang and juiciness is balanced by a structured mid-palate and defined tail.
In the vineyard: Cinsault (57%), Grenache (41%), Shiraz (2%)
In the cellar: This premium rosé is made in the same dry style as the rosés found in Provence, France. The wine was blended and kept on the fine lees for 9 months before being bottled.
Cellaring potential: 5 – 10 years
Cellar door price: This limited release wine is available directly from Anthonij Rupert Wyne as well as specialist wine stores nationwide, and is available in the standard 750ml, as well as a 1,5 litre bottle. The larger size offering is perfect for the festive season when you treat your friends to this premium style of Rosé. The recommended retail prices are R290 for the 750ml and R600 for the 1,5 litre, which are available from select outlets nationwide.
Pomegranate & chocolate fudge
With the poster-fruit for romanticism in full season, I simply had to make use of the gem-like contents of dark cerise pomegranates in my food pairing. Further seduced by dark chocolate and hazelnuts, I decided to mix up a batch of a simple chocolate fudge, which can be enjoyed in abundance with a bottle of Jean Roi Rosé.
Fairly straightforward to make, this four ingredient fudge is a sheer indulgence when paired with the Jean Roi Rosé. Smooth, dark chocolate with pops of hazelnut, the addition of glossy pomegranate arils echo the red fruit aromas of the wine. The slight zestiness mid-sip mellows beautifully against the texture of the fudge, leaving your palate coated in layers of unbridled romance.
An all-season wine, Anthonij Rupert Wyne managed to capture the delicate butterfly-feelings of first love in this stunning bottle of Rosé. A radiant statement piece on any lunch or dinner table, the Jean Roi Rosé is best served with love, to those you love most.
Thank you, Anthonij Rupert Wines, for an afternoon of allure and fine feasting, with thanks to your Jean Roi Cap Provincial Rosé 2018.
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