Robert Parker 90
The 2011 Anwilka is a blend of 67% Syrah, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit Verdot fermented in troconic tanks and raised in 50% new French oak for 15 months. It has a lifted blueberry, iodine and violet-scented bouquet complemented by mint with aeration. It is quite closed at the moment, as is usual for such a young wine. The palate is full-bodied with fine tannins, nicely judged acidity and attests more elegance and tension than demonstrated by the 2009 Anwilka, though it does not possess the same level of persistency. Still, this is commendable. Drink 2015-2022.
Anticipated maturity: 2015-2022
(14.5% alcohol; 67% Shiraz, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit Verdot; aged for 13 months in 50% new French oak): Medicinal black fruits, licorice, menthol, tar and dark chocolate on the nose. Offers superb concentation and depth to its rather powerful, even somewhat unrefined black fruit flavors. Finishes primary and a bit brutal, with substantial, slightly rough tanins. This big, oaky wine needs time to find its balance and may ultimately merit a 90+rating.
Anticipated maturity: 2019-2026