It's not very often that Robert Parker waxes lyrical about South African wine, so this comment from him on a bulletin board was cool to see:
"Fabulous South African wine-ANWILKA
Funny to me commenting on this wine after tasting 225+ rather astonishing 2005 Bordeaux this week,but this is the finest red wine I have ever had from South Africa.... a partnership of Bruno Prats,Hubert de Bouard,and the Klein Constantia folks.This debut release, the 2005,a blend of 37% syrah and the balance cabernet sauvignon, is world class stuff....as one might expect from the people behind it.... the first release... there are 42,000 bottles from their vineyards in Stellenbosch,and it is priced to sell for about $40-45 in the USA...release is imminent.... exceptional wine...."
It's interesting that only 10% will be sold in South Africa (for around $30 a bottle, compared to around $40 in the US). The 90% destined for the international market is being sold via the Bordeaux negociants - that must add a bit to the cost? (Does that mean the wine also gets shipped via France?)
Oh yeah... Take that Jeremy Clarkson! :P
Garagiste are offering this wine, and I'm tempted to try some, but will have to wait a while since I already have a heavily overloaded wine fridge. If you try some, let me know how it is.