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Wine Tasting Note: Anwilka Red, 2005, Stellenbosch, South Africa  Add/Read Comments



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Anwilka Red, Stellenbosch, South AfricaRed WineWine Tasting Note:Anwilka Red, 2005, Stellenbosch, South Africa.
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A joint venture between two Bordeaux wine makers - Bruno Prats and Hubert de Boüard - and a South African, Lowell Jooste production at the Anwilka estate in Helderberg began in 2005. So this is their first release.

While first impressions were immediately of Bordeaux - the complex aroma, the refined tannins, black-fruit flavours and long dry finish - the lasting flavours were typically South African. That sort of dusty, inky sensation that is so often over-abundant in Pinotage - lent a distinctive 'sense of place'. The richness of the fruit is also a little more new world, rather than old. Wonderful structure and, after time in decanter, a savoury edge to the aroma's evolving black fruit and spice. The blend is certainly not classically Bordeaux with 37% Syrah blended in with the Cabernet Sauvignon.
Scribblings Rating - 92/100




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The Anwilka and De Toren Fusion V are in my humble yet fairly well versed opinion the best Red Blends available from South Africa and can compete in terms of balance and elegance with the best the wine world has to offer.

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