Grapes are planted on a north-west facing slope with a high potential, medium structure yellow-brown soil type (Tukulu). All were hand-picked mid February. Fermentation initiated in 500l open-top oak barrels with 20% of the total crush fermenting naturally and the balance with commercial yeast. Pump overs and manual punch downs with regular intervals were done during fermentation to maximise extraction of flavour. Wine pressed early off the skins, leaving a higher RS, into all new 225l American oak and French oak barrels, where fermentation would finish.
Anura Vineyards is owned and run by Tymen, Jenny and Lance Bouma.
Positioned on the foothills on the Simonsberg Mountains, Anura boasts a wide variety of soils, slopes and microclimates. This allows Anura to grow a wide selection of cultivars, some uncommon in South Africa, and also to match each cultivar with its ideal soil and microclimate. With each passing harvest, they learn more about the soils and vineyards, and refine the vineyard and cellar practices in order to create the finest wines for their unique terroir.
Anura's passion is red wine, and with plantings of Mourvédre, Petit Verdot, Grenache, Pinot Noir, Sangiovese and Malbec, among more classic, locally grown varietals, they aim to produce handcrafted wines for individuals who are looking for something unique and distinct.
In the vineyards, Tymen strives to utilise practices that best suit a particular varietal, including specific canopy management, control of the yield, trellising and irrigation control. The grapes are harvested by hand at optimum ripeness. The grapes are first machine-sorted to remove leaves, broken berries and stalks, and then hand-sorted to ensure that only the best bunches are selected for crushing.
Careful attention is paid to each lot of grapes, based not only on the cultivar but also on the particular block concerned. Based on these factors, the cellar team decides on crushing methods, yeast type, fermentation method and temperature, type of wood for fermentation and ageing, as well as filtration methods required and a host of other factors, in order to ensure that the individual character of each lot of grapes is carried through to the bottle.
Anura aims to produce wines which combine the robust fruit of the New World with the elegance and complexity of Old World winemaking styles.
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