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Winery of the Week: Anura Vineyards

Initially purchased to headquarter Tymen Bouma’s optometry business, the frog-themed Paarl farm originally known as Sonop is now home to Forest Hill cheesery, Froggitt Foods, 12 Pigs Charcuterie, Wagon Trail microbrewery, The Trading Post deli and restaurant, and the Boumas’ ever-expanding ranges of wines – all reached via a new entrance and road, with plans also in motion for a new tasting room, conference centre and residential development.

Anura Vineyards Anura range Arpeggio 2011

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Category: Red blends, shiraz/syrah-based  

Syrah/shiraz, mourvèdre & viognier notes rise & fall harmoniously in maiden 2011, in 'piano' rather than 'forte' style of fuller-bodied counterparts. Juicy, with sweet-tangy red fruit. Wine tasted by Joanne Gibson More »

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Anura Vineyards Reserves & Limited Releases Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2012

Category: Cabernet sauvignon  |  sub-category: Cabernet sauvignon

Dark, brooding 2012 has cassis & violets on nose leading to fresh blackberry & mulberry flavours with tobacco & clove, resulting in greater complexity than in 2010 (). 2011 untasted. Wine tasted by Joanne Gibson More »

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Anura Vineyards LB Series Cape Cuvée 2013

Category: Red blends, with pinotage  

Made to mature, intense yet elegant 2013 has sumptuous blackberry fruit, with grippy tannins as well as brisk acidity to leave a tartly elegant impression. Pinotage (43%), merlot, cab franc & shiraz, some from Banhoek. Wine tasted by Joanne Gibson More »

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Anura Vineyards Anura range Cape Ruby Port NV

Category: Port-style, red  |  sub-category: Port-style, red

NV from shiraz shows huge ripeness, modest fortification. Pleasingly plummy, with firm tannic grip. Wine tasted by Joanne Gibson More »

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Anura Vineyards Reserves & Limited Releases Cape Vintage Reserve 2010

Category: Port-style, red  

Carefully crafted 2010 port-style from Robertson tinta, 32 months in barrel. Fortified with aged brandy, shows traditional grippy spirit, restrained extraction. Wine tasted by Joanne Gibson More »

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Anura Vineyards Anura range Chardonnay 2014

Category: Chardonnay wooded  |  sub-category: Chardonnay wooded

2014 represents great value, Golden Delicious apple from barrel-fermented own fruit combined with citrus freshness of tank-fermented component from Tradouw Highlands. Wine tasted by Joanne Gibson More »

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Anura Vineyards Reserves & Limited Releases Chardonnay Limited Release 2014

Category: Chardonnay wooded  |  sub-category: Chardonnay wooded

Only special barrels chosen for 'pinnacle' 2014, pear nose leading to tangy citrus intensity on palate, balanced by creaminess, flavours lingering after each sip. Wine tasted by Joanne Gibson More »

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Anura Vineyards Reserves & Limited Releases Chenin Blanc Limited Release 2014

Category: Chenin blanc wooded, dry  |  sub-category: Chenin blanc wooded, dry

Less wood influenced than 2012, 2014 has dash sauvignon to boost freshness, pungent kiwi & melon nose leading to prevailing orange marmalade flavour. 2013 sold out untasted. Wine tasted by Joanne Gibson More »

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Anura Vineyards Anura range Legato 2013

Category: Red blends, Cape Bordeaux  |  sub-category: Red blends, Cape Bordeaux

The musical term 'smoothly connected' sums up unpretentious 60:40 blend of merlot & cab, 2013 redolent of dark plums & berries, ending on slightly discordant charry note. Wine tasted by Joanne Gibson More »

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Anura Vineyards Reserves & Limited Releases Malbec Limited Release 2013

Category: Malbec  |  sub-category: Malbec

Making a statement at ±15% alcohol, sweet-fruited 2013 has remarkable balance & freshness for all its macerated black plums & melted dark chocolate. 2011 & 2012 not reviewed. Wine tasted by Joanne Gibson More »

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