2017 Anwilka, 6x750ml

2017 Anwilka, 6x750ml

2017 Anwilka, 6x750ml
ETA Jul 2021

Availability: 8 weeks

Case size: 6 / Bottle size: 750ml

Duty Status
From £114.00

Critics Score: 92

Publication: Neal Martin, Vinous

Drinking Dates: 2024-2040

The 2017 Anwilka was aged for 19 months in 50% new oak (400-liter barrels) and the rest in second-fill. It has a pure, seductive bouquet of boysenberry and cassis fruit, the vanilla-y oak seamlessly integrated and not imposing itself like older vintages of Anwilka. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy tannins, and slightly granular in texture, presenting layered black fruit laced with tobacco, allspice and touches of cassis. Very seductive on the finish. This is an almost Napa-like Anwilka that requires 3–4 years in barrel.
2017 Anwilka, 6x750ml

2017 will be remembered as one of the all-time great vintages for red wine in Stellenbosch - a warm summer followed by a cooler maturation period allowed for optimal grapes with intense flavour. It was a vintage that was made entirely in the vineyards, allowing the winemakers to guide and preserve the essence of what the vines had to offer.

Anwilka Vineyards are located just seven kilometres from the ocean in Stellenbosch’s prime Helderberg region. The property was purchased in the late 1990s, followed by extensive replanting of 40 hectares of vineyards comprising primarily cabernet sauvignon and shiraz, followed shortly by merlot. The then owners, Lowell Jooste (former co-owner of Klein Constantia) along with well-known Bordeaux wine personalities Hubert de Boüard (co-owner of Chateau Angélus in Saint Emilion) and Bruno Prats (former owner of Chateau Cos d’Estournel in Saint- Estèphe) released the eponymous maiden vintage blend of Syrah-Cabernet in 2005. The story is one of a singular passion for excellence. They sought out a unique and superior terroir with a climate where the grapes could ripen fully and yet offer maximum finesse and elegance; their aim was to create a wine to compete with the very best in the world, which could express the power and potential of South Africa balanced with the classical styling’s of the great wines from Bordeaux, Tuscany and the Napa Valley.

In May 2012 the property merged with Klein Constantia Estate with all founders retained for their continued guidance and experience. The vineyards are now run by Piet Neethling and the wine made by oenologist Jean du Plessis who raise the fruit from their consistently healthy, low vigour vines into wines of breeding and distinction.