We’d fallen in love with Bot River, the rains (in winter), the winds, the vistas. And the people. Real, no-nonsense and honest. Like their food and their wines.
In 2008 we bought the farm we call Anysbos. We planted olive trees and macadamias. We planted Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc. And then we learned our olives were drinking lots of water. Much more than our grapes.
So, in 2012 we planted our first dryland bush vines. But we found the Chenin Blanc and Grenache Blanc, planted in clayey soils, needed some water to show their mettle. Not the Grenache Noir, though. It was in its unirrigated element. Experience showed us where to plant more Grenache, as well as Shiraz and Cinsaut, all to give us fruit with power but grace, and with zero irrigation. The wines we make come from the grapes we grow on our farm.
Now we have a little cellar on the farm that we share with local winemaker Marelise Niemann. She also makes our wines at Anysbos.
This Chenin based white blend shimmers with finessed power. The complex aromatics include; honey blossom, white flowers and hay followed by fresh notes of cut pear, green apple and yellow stone fruit, underpinned by flavours of bruised apple, citrus pith, and river stone. The palate is at first soft and textured but tension builds with super focussed fresh acidity leading to a powerful savoury edged finish. As the wine sits in glass it fleshes out, never losing its poise and focus.
Christian Eades of Wine Magazine says:
A pretty nose with a floral top note before citrus and stone fruit, some waxiness and spice. The palate is both intense and complex, the wine moving well through the mouth with plenty of side palate to go with a great entry and long finish. Weighty but not too much so, there’s also lovely tangy acidity lending verve.
He scored it 96 points out of 100.
Priced at R280 per bottle plus VAT.Email us to order
This 100% Grenache Noir was fermented in an open-topped fermenter and aged in old 225 litre oak vats for 20 months. It greets with a mix of ripe dark plum and red berry, savoury and fynbos notes and leads onto a rich, and lingeringly juicy palate. It falls midway between medium and full in body and matches well with rustic dishes like braised, braaied and roasted meats, lamb potjie and southern French fare.
Winemaker Marelise prefers to intervene as little as possible. Twenty percent of the final wine was whole bunch spontaneously fermented. She added no enzymes or acid to ensure balance, depth and finesse.
Priced at R250 per bottle plus VAT. Some stock available.
We will soon be releasing the Anysbos 2017 Grenache Noir.
Green and ripe olives, green apples on the nose. Artichoke, olive leaf, herbs and tomato flavours. Lively on the palate with a good complexity.
Our Medium Blend Anysbos Extra Virgin Olive Oil won a gold medal at the Annual SAOlive Awards 2019. And it’s also one of the Absa top 10 olive oils in South Africa for 2019.
Priced at R95 per 500ml bottle plus VAT.Email us to order
Johan: +27 82 601 1067
Sue: +27 82 606 7666