Anura Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2009

By , 3 March 2011

Peaking is not the capital of China.

Peaking is not the capital of China.

Though Anura is situated on the Paarl-facing slopes of the Simonsberg, this ambitious winery quickly worked out that if it was going to have a Sauvignon Blanc to compete at the top end then it needed to have access to cool-climate grapes and hence this Reserve 2009 being Wine of Origin Darling.

On release, it picked up double gold at Veritas 2009 as well as 4½ Stars in the November 2009 issue of Wine magazine.  It’s made in a very ripe, extravagant style and there’s a sense that it’s now at its peak, asparagus aroma and flavour tolerable but in all probability destined to intensify with more bottle age, this character of Sauvignon not something I particularly care for past a certain point.

It’s interesting to note that while the 2009 had an abv of 14.7%, the 2010 came in at a significantly lower 13%, this wine receiving a rarely bestowed 5 Star rating in the November 2010 issue of Wine, the difference between very good and great apparently being greater restraint.


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