Anwilka Vineyards, is a picturesque 98 acre property located just a few kilometers from the ocean in Stellenbosch’s prime Helderberg region. Established as a joint venture between Hubert de Bouard of Chateau Angelus, Bruno Prats of Chateau Cos d’Estournel and Lowell Jooste of Klein Constantia, their objective was to produce the ne plus ultra of wine. Robert Parker called the maiden 2005 vintage of Anwilka, ”The finest red wine I have ever had from South Africa.” In May 2012, Anwilka Vineyards merged with another well-known estate, Klein Constantia. Each property maintains its own identity and together, aims to produce a new benchmark in quality for South Africa.
|The vineyards enjoy a pronounced maritime influencegiven their proximity to the sea. This, combined with the well-draining old ferricrete soils, provides the perfect backdrop for rich and focused wines of unsurpassed elegance. A strong emphasis is placed on viticulture - yields are managed by rigorous pruning and green harvesting while hydric stress is avoided by minimal irrigation. The grapes were hand-picked in small crates in late March/early April. The bunches were sorted before de-stemming, and the berries were resorted prior to crushing. Lengthy pump overs and extended maceration ensured gentle extraction of ripe polyphenols. Each varietal was were matured separately in 50% new French oak for six months before blended together and aged for an additional nine months.
|A deep ruby edged with a youthful ruby rim, the presents enticing notes of oak spice and violets. On the palate are vivid flavors of redcurrant, and damson, framed by supple tannins, and carried by a fine thread of acidity. The finish is long, fresh and complex.
|Klein Constantia is custodian to some of the most historic vineyards in South Africa and, indeed, the world. The unique location, climate and soils of our estate call for the making of terroir-driven wines, and it is to this principle that we are deeply committed.
Simple winemaking techniques are used to extract the best from grapes grown in expertly nurtured vineyards in the aim of making consistently excellent wines.
We strive to produce wines of high quality that express elements of elegance, minerality and balance.
As a BWI champion (Biodiversity in Wine Initiative) our vision is aligned with that of the World Wildlife Fund as we aim to unite conservation and agricultural development in a complementary, mutually beneficial manner. We continually strive to produce wines in more environmentally responsible and biodynamic ways.
Our wine range includes a top quality Estate range, a second label KC range, and our flagship revival of the famous Constantia sweet wine, Vin de Constance. We also produce limited volumes of Perdeblokke (a premium single vineyard Sauvignon Blanc), a Methode Cap Classique Brut, and a Chardonnay.