The next in our wine of the month series, a fantastic and powerful Italian red from Terra Del Capo in Franschhoek. Allan Mullins gives us the deets.
A wine with a story, both sad and uplifting. Arné Naess was a Norwegian shipping magnate and avid mountaineer with many noteworthy climbs, including Mount Everest, behind him. On a visit to Johan Rupert’ farm in Franschhoek he climbed alone in the mountains above.
His camming hook came loose in shale and at the age of 66 he fell to his death. He is remembered with great affection and this wine is dedicated to his memory.
When in Franschhoek make time to visit and taste the Anthonij Rupert wines in their two exquisite tasting setups, the Terra del Capo tasting venue, which has an antipasto bar, and the beautifully restored Manor House.
WHY: The Terra del Capo range features Italian-styled wines. The Arné is a unique blend of equal amounts of Merlot and Sangiovese which are co-fermented.
WHERE: Selected sites in the Franschhoek vineyards.
LOOK: A bright shimmering ruby, lighter towards the edges.
NOSE: Black and red fruit come together. Blackcurrant, black cherry, raspberry, red cherries. Light oak vanilla from judicious oaking.
TASTE: Medium-bodied elegance, with the ripe fruity richness balanced by fresh acidity. Rounded texture with mouth-watering tannins.
FOOD: Go Italian. La Dolce Vita! Pasta with meat sauces, mushroom risotto, Tuscan bean stew.
SERVE: 13° to 14°C. Lightly chilled at lunchtime or on warm evenings.
WHEN: Perfect to enjoy now or over the next 3 to 4 years
CELLAR PRICE: R115