Petit Frère 2014

Anwilka Vineyards, is a picturesque 40 hectare 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, the primary objective was to spare no cost when it came to wine quality. Petit Frere which means “little brother” in French is a tribute to Anwilka’s Bordeaux heritage as the property’s 2nd wine.

The vineyards enjoy a pronounced maritime influence given 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.

Grapes were handpicked in small crates about 1-2 weeks before those destined for Anwilka. Bunches were sorted before de-stemming, and the berries re-sorted prior to crushing, with the crusher positioned above the stainless steel tanks to allow gravity-feeding. Lengthy pump-overs and extended maceration ensured gentle extraction of ripe polyphenols. Varieties were matured separately in 25% new French oak for six months before being blended together and aged for an additional six months.

Tasting Notes

The opaque ruby core is edged by a brightly youthful magenta rim. Aromas Abundant plums, vanilla and gently roasted spices pour forth from the glass. Petite Frere's plush core of dense, sweetly ripe dark fruit, laced with chocolate and spice is underpinned by supple oak tannins and bright acidity.  All of this leading to a full, dry and savory finish.

Production Info
Soil composition
Well-draining Ferricrete
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
64% Syrah, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot
Fermentation container
Stainless steel tanks
Type of aging container
Type of oak
Length of aging before bottling
12 months

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