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Anura Wine Estate Tasting - 30th January '24

On the 30th of January, Dianri Wessels brought the wines of Anura to us again. We love having Dianri at Vats her tastings are all full of information of the farm and the people that work there. The following was the order that we tasted the wines, the comments made by the tasters and the average scores.


1.     Rose 2021 (Grenache Noir)

Colour- light pink. Nose- earthy, candy floss, citrus, red berries and cherries, burnt toast, savoury. Palate- crisp acidity, raspberry, red berries and cherries that linger to the finish, lively zesty minerality.

Score- 17.00.

2.    Sauvignon Blanc 2023

Colour- light green. Nose- citrus, gooseberry, green peppers, guava. Palate- crisp acidity, grassy, guava, grapefruit, green figs, apple.

Score- 16.50.

3.    Chenin Blanc Reserve 2023

Colour- light green heart gradating to golden rim. Nose- orange blossoms, spice, floral, lemon grass, honey suckle, stewed apples. Palate- crisp acidity, apple pie, raisins, stewed fruit, honeyed, spices, apples and oranges linger to the finish.

Score- 17.83 (highest scored wine out of 46 tasted for 2024, so far).

4.    Legato Red Blend 2020 (55% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon)

Colour- inky red heart, with no gradation to a clear rim. Nose- liquorice, earthy, red berry and cherry, fynbos, cassis, savoury, minty, caramel, white pepper and fresh green herbs. Palate- crisp acidity, firm but soft tannins, blue berry, black and red cherries, mint, caramel, meaty, cassis, fresh green herbs.

Score- 17.33 (third best wine of 2024).

5.    Merlot Reserve 2020

Colour- inky red heart, with no gradation to a pink rim. Nose- sun-dried tomatoes, chocolate, cassis, caramel, black cherries and berries. Palate- crisp acidity, firm tannins, cedar, spice, Christmas cake, black cherry and berries that linger to the finish, needs time, still too young.

Score- 16.83.

6.    Malbec Reserve 2021

Colour- inky red heart, with no gradation to a pink rim. Nose- violets, cassis, smoky, toast, savoury, sun-dried tomatoes, celery, mulberry, plums. Palate- crisp acidity, firm tannins, sun-dried tomatoes, savoury, white pepper, liquorice, anise, spearmint, plums, mulberry, black cherries, needs food.

Score- 17.17 (fifth best wine of 2024).


Lovely wines, good prices, an brilliant tasting! First time at Vats that the first wine scored so well, really good Rose, seems that Grenache seems to make good Rose wines (scored 7th for 2024, with three other wines). Thanks to Dianri for a well researched tasting, with the highest scores for wines tasted thus far this year. Best wine was the Chenin Reserve, which was the best wine for 2024 out of 46 wines tasted this year. Second the Legato Red Blend (3rd for 2024) and third the Malbec Reserve. Amazing wines, thanks again Dianri!

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