2018 Anwilka, Stellenbosch, South Africa

2018 Anwilka, Stellenbosch, South Africa

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2018 Anwilka, Stellenbosch, South Africa

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Anwilka’s wines are, in recent vintages, becoming ones I recognise for their remarkable balance as much as their big Stellenbosch fruit character and luxurious tannic structure. The quality is better than ever since Robert Parker famously declared their inaugural 2005 vintage as the finest red wine he had tasted from South Africa, with the estate’s Cabernet-Syrah blend’s vines starting to come of age, producing exceptional fruit. Succulent cherries, dates and blackberries are supported by bay leaves, clove, and a touch of graphite. The finish is impressively long as the fruit paves way for persisting dark chocolate and tobacco flavours. The structure will support another 5-8 years in bottle, although I wouldn't blame you for reaching for it now.

Tom Leigh, Account Manager, Berry Bros. & Rudd (Mar 2022)

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Neal Martin, Vinous91/100

The 2018 Anwilka is an altogether different wine than the 2017. This is broodier and earthier on the nose compared to the 2017, and very intense, developing licorice and saline/marine scents with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannins. It feels sinewy and assertive toward the middle and finish, and drier than the previous vintage, with a tobacco and melted tar aftertaste.

Drink 2024 - 2038

Neal Martin, vinous.com (Apr 2021) Read more

About this WINE

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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