Anthonij Rupert Wines can never be accused of being unadventurous. For the most part, they have been pioneers, and producers of some of South Africa’s most regal offerings (especially their flagship bordeauxs). But what can be accused of is being ruthless capitalists. And perhaps this explains why they decided to make a cheap Sangiovese, when they could have made a good Sangiovese. This bottling is at best inoffensive (served at just the right temperature, in a lovely fancy pants setting, out of, say, a Riedel glass. But most other days of the week, it’s a little brash.
👃🏼 Vanguard carries notes of fresh herbs, nutmeg, cherries
👄 Palate is medium-weighted. Cherry and cranberry are laid over fairly youthful tannins. But…like ‘youthful’ in a ‘Greta Thunberg’ sense. Not a ‘Willow Smith’ sense. Fresh herbal flourish on the tail gives it a lift.
🔬 Tank-Fermented. Darling fruit. Matured in 500l French & American oak barrels. 15% new.
💸💸 ZAR90.00 (as of December 2020)