The Anysbos Disdit white has, in a very short space of time, joined the top echelons of the Cape’s signature white wine category. Alongside the likes of the AA Badenhorst Family White, Alheit Vineyards Cartology, Thorne & Daughters Rocking Horse and Rall White, it is better with each new release. The 2017 debut received 95/100 from Greg Sherwood MW and the 2018 got 96/100 from Christian Eedes. Anysbos is situated in Bot River and belongs to Johan and Sue Heyns and is jockeyed by the immensely talented Young-Gun winemaker, Marelise Niemann. Together with her own wines, she produces some of the most elegant wines in the Cape.
The 2019 Disdit white is a blend of 70% Chenin Blanc rounded out with Roussane. It is bright and fragrant with the amazing purity of fruit that we have come to expect from this excellent vintage. The fynbos notes add complexity to a haunting and slow-to-evolve nose, followed by a juicy palate that is wonderfully balanced and quietly powerful – a special wine. Needless to say, these are small-batch, limited wines.
Not to be outdone, is the yet-to-be-rated but amazing 2018 Anysbos Grenache Noir. This is such a beautiful wine in all senses of the word. It is both shy and exotic and while light, it is nonetheless a wine of immense presence. Marelise makes some of the finest, most delicate Grenache in SA. This 2018 is a wine of such purity and refinement and stands out as one of her best efforts to date. ‘Just a delicious and profound drink that will age for a decade,’ says Roland, who tasted it with me in July.
Anysbos, Disdit 2019
Cape White Blends may be doomed to be forever niche but man, do they make for some spectacular wines. Anysbos is the Bot River property owned by Johan Heyns, who’s the brother of Gabrielskloof owner Bernhard Heyns and Marelise Niemann, whose own label is Momento, is the winemaker – Disdit is the name of the white assemblage and it seems to get better and better with each passing vintage.
The 2019 consists of 70% Chenin Blanc, 29% Roussanne and 1% Grenache Blanc. The nose shows some struck-match reduction before white and yellow fruit, herbs and earth. The palate has excellent fruit purity, electric acidity and a super-long finish. I tasted it next to Rocking Horse 2019 from Thorne & Daughters and there was nothing to choose between the two in terms of sheer quality. All of a piece and super-detailed, it’s really worth seeking out. – Christian Eedes, 97/100
Anysbos, Grenache Noir 2018
Juicy and elegant with pretty, bright wild strawberry and hints of crushed stone; super inviting. The nose is both exotic and poised, expressive and coiled. The palate follows with refined tannins, dry and detailed, with a wonderful focus and a melange of potpourri spice balanced with savoury, coated tannins. The palate is precise and very elegant with a clean and linear finish. Beautifully defined, this an amazing expression of the lighter style. – James Pietersen (July 2020)