2011 Anwilka, Stellenbosch

2011 Anwilka, Stellenbosch

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2011 Anwilka, Stellenbosch

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At first a very shy and reticent nose; with time and gentle coaxing we get hints of Damson, Blueberry, hints of mint leaf and graphite. The medium palate is full of black morello cherry, juicy and yet tightly wound with fine grained tannins, and great tension created by the well balanced acidity. This is a classy wine, more similarities to the Old World style than New World.  Deserves at least another 2 to3 plus years in bottle and will effortlessly move into the 2020s. The nearest to a Bordeaux wine you’ll get in the Cape.
Stuart Rae - Private Account Manager     
The 2011 Anwilka has an intense, pure blackcurrant nose and immediately feels like a top-notch, modern South African wine. Layers and layers of blackberries with red bramble fruits and even more blackcurrants wash over the palate. The intensity of fruit lends a mouth-coating texture to the wine. This is supported by plentiful tannins, which have a corduroy feel, giving an overall impression of smoothness. A gentle vanilla note and a twist of cedar spice lifts the finish and the long length just rolls on and on. Made from 67% Syrah, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit Verdot, this is another great wine from Anwilka.
Catriona Felstead MW, New World Buyer
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Anwilka

Anwilka

Anwilka Vineyard started as a joint venture between Bordeaux’s Bruno Prats, former owner of Ch. Cos d'Estournel, Hubert de Boüard de Laforest, co-proprietor of Ch. Angélus in Bordeaux, and Lowell Jooste of South Africa’s Klein Constantia Estate.

Located in the prime red wine region of Helderberg in Stellenbosch, the vineyard was purchased in 1997, and production of Anwilka wines commenced in 2005.

In May 2012, Anwilka Vineyards merged with Klein Constantia Estate, having been purchased the previous year by Zdenek Bakala and Charles Harman. The vineyards are run by manager Piet Neethling and the wine, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz with the addition of Merlot in some vintages, is made by the very personable South African oenologist Jean du Plessis under the guidance of Prats and de Boüard.

The philosophy of the owners is simply to spare no cost when it comes to wine quality. Resources are not squandered on lavish gateways and buildings, and the winery feels more like a modern farm outbuilding. The wine is exceptional, with the influence of its Bordeaux mentors clear for all to see.

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Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch is South Africa’s best-known wine region, producing a wide variety of wines from leading estates, even though it accounts for less than 20 per cent of the country’s total production. Designated wards within the wine region are Jonkershoek Valley, Simonsberg-Stellenbosch, Bottelary, Devon Valley and Papegaaiberg.

At 17,500 hectares, Stellenbosch remains the Cape's most famous and important fine wine district, thanks to its proximity to Cape Town, to the cooling influences of False Bay, its mountainous (ie Helderberg, Simonsberg), granitic topography and its centres of learning such as Elsenburg Agricultural College. 

It's notable for the refinement of its Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, especially from the likes of Glenelly EstateKeermont Vineyards Oldenburg Vineyards, Raats Family and Anwilka

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Cab.Sauvignon Blend

Cab.Sauvignon Blend

Cabernet Sauvignon lends itself particularly well in blends with Merlot. This is actually the archetypal Bordeaux blend, though in different proportions in the sub-regions and sometimes topped up with Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot.

In the Médoc and Graves the percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend can range from 95% (Mouton-Rothschild) to as low as 40%. It is particularly suited to the dry, warm, free- draining, gravel-rich soils and is responsible for the redolent cassis characteristics as well as the depth of colour, tannic structure and pronounced acidity of Médoc wines. However 100% Cabernet Sauvignon wines can be slightly hollow-tasting in the middle palate and Merlot with its generous, fleshy fruit flavours acts as a perfect foil by filling in this cavity.

In St-Emilion and Pomerol, the blends are Merlot dominated as Cabernet Sauvignon can struggle to ripen there - when it is included, it adds structure and body to the wine. Sassicaia is the most famous Bordeaux blend in Italy and has spawned many imitations, whereby the blend is now firmly established in the New World and particularly in California and  Australia.

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Wine Advocate90/100
Other4.5

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Wine Advocate90/100
The 2011 Anwilka is a blend of 67% Syrah, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit Verdot fermented in troconic tanks and raised in 50% new French oak for 15 months. It has a lifted blueberry, iodine and violet-scented bouquet complemented by mint with aeration. It is quite closed at the moment, as is usual for such a young wine. The palate is full-bodied with fine tannins, nicely judged acidity and attests more elegance and tension than demonstrated by the 2009 Anwilka, though it does not possess the same level of persistency. Still, this is commendable. Drink 2015-2022.
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Other4.5
2011 confirms serious vein noted in 2009 (2010 untasted). Now 67% shiraz with cab and drop petit verdot. Youthful and still showing oak, lots of ripe fruit translating into power and firm tannic structure. Deserves good few years to soften, and gain more harmony, charm.
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