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