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Grenache Noir 2018

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Alwyn van der Merwe

Director of Investments

Sometimes one drinks a wine and it is simply delicious. The Anysbos Grenache Noir 2018, produced in the Bot River region, is such a wine – this extremely elegant version of grenache is one of those wines where one tends to want to pour more for yourself than for your guests.

Many wine drinkers have noticed and benefited from the so-called Swartland Revolution, in which a number of rock-star winemakers have completely changed perceptions of wine quality, but more importantly, have started to make world-class wines in the region. A few estates in the Bot River area have now also quietly started to make headlines, and for all the right reasons. Beaumont, Luddite, Gabriëlskloof and Wildekrans are all producing noteworthy wines.

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A lesser-known name for those not so close to the industry is a small estate called Anysbos. The owners are Johan and Sue Heyns – Johan is the brother of the owner of the formidable Gabriëlskloof estate.

The winemaker is Marelise Niemann, who also makes wine under her own label, Momento Wines.

The Anysbos Grenache Noir 2018 is complex, almost exotic on the nose, and perfumed with notes of oak spices, ripe cherry and botanical flavours.

I have in other wine notes referred to the so-called purity of fruit when one experiences wine on the palate. This is a great example where many of the flavours on the nose repeat in harmony on the palate, yet remain pure and linear.

The wine is made in an elegant style with a fine tannin structure, while it ends dry with a lingering spicy ending. This wine will improve with age, but it is almost impossible to resist drinking now.


Sanlam Private Wealth clients can purchase the Anysbos Grenache Noir 2018 for a special price of R250 per bottle (cellar price R280), by filling in the form below.

The offer is open exclusively to Sanlam Private Wealth clients. All wine offers expire after 30 days. Subject to availability.

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