One of the treasures of the Franschhoek Valley—which is saying something about somewhere so special –is the Anthonij Rupert Estate. This is the home of some spectacular wines not least of which is the range they call Cape of Good Hope. This range always over delivers fabulous wines that are not priced to break the bank but are definite value for money, crafted with painstaking care. The grapes are sourced wherever their team of winemakers find the very best grapes for their needs. So one will find here grapes from areas as diverse as the Swartland and the Helderberg,  each of the areas has been chosen to give its particular character to the wines that go into the bottles.  The tasting room is a delight and the estate—when one is finally able to visit—a wonderful experience.


The company has recently released two additions to this great family, the Riebeeksrivier Syrah and a delicious Chenin from the same area. Both are sourced at their Swartland farm on the slopes of the Kasteelberg at their Riebeeksrivier Estate and deliver that special punch all the wines from this area have. The Syrah is packed with aromatic fynbos notes, deep dark berry flavours and some typical spicy nuances. The Chenin, lightly oaked, has multi-level flavours derived from plenty of lees contact totally delicious.

One of the delights of Anthonij Rupert Wines is the truffle season at their Altima Estate where the Black Perigord truffle forage in the winter months is always an event. . This year unfortunately it had to be forgone but the truffles have been gathered and will be available in various forms including salt when things go back to normal. The Altima Sauvignon Blanc with its superbly fresh appeal from Elands River is fabulous with sushi and the Sneeuwkrans Pinot Noir one of the best we have to offer, fresh and clean, full of black cherry nuances.