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Anchorage 2017 White and 2015 Syrah Releases

18 September,2017
Anchorage Family Estate is the Nelson wine venture of Chris Drummond, whose family has had a history of horticulture and agriculture in the Nelson region since 1880. The Drummonds established their vineyard next to the mouth of the Motueka River in 2000, releasing their first wines from the 2003 vintage. Since then, the company has grown to owning over 40 ha of vineyards with contract fruit supplementing estate fruit. The Anchorage Family Estate has had Stefan Heinrich as winemaker since 2013, Stefan coming from a winemaking family in his homeland of Germany. He and the Drummonds continually improve the quality of their wines, creating interest with innovative varieties and now with the introduction of a ‘Reserve’ tier. Here, I review a selection of new releases from the 2017 vintage, these being whites, and a Reserve Syrah from 2015.


Anchorage Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Nelson

Bright, very pale straw colour with slight green hues, near colourless on the edge. The nose is elegantly concentrated with intense aromas of gooseberry fruit along with notes of fresh herbs and nettles, the fruit with some cooler spectrum nuances. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has fresh and lively flavours of gooseberries, nettles, cut grass and fresh herbs that form a finely packed core. The mouthfeel is fresh and lively, with racy acidity. The fruit flows along a very fine-textured line with good drive and energy, leading to a long, mouthwatering finish of gooseberries and nettles. This is a fresh and racy, finely concentrated Sauvignon Blanc with gooseberry and nettle-like fruit, and a thirst-quenching palate. Serve with Pacific Rim fare over the next 2 years. Fruit predominantly from the ‘Home’ vineyard, cool-fermented to 12.5% alc. and 3.5 g/L RS, the wine aged on lees. 17.0-/20 Sep 2017 RRP $18.00

Anchorage Nelson Gewurztraminer 2017

Gewurztraminer from New Zealand – Nelson

Bright, pale straw-yellow colour with a hint of blush, lighter on the rim. The nose is softly full and voluminous with a gentle, but deep core, showing aromas of rose-petal florals and Turkish Delight with notes of honey and perfumed bath salts and hints of fresh fermentation esters. Medium-dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has moderately concentrated, and subtly rich flavours of rose-petal florals, Turkish Delight, bath salts and suggestions of honey, with fermentation esters. The flavour are up-front and are guided by a light, phenolic textured line with fresh acidity. The wine carries to a light, but lingering finish of exotic florals. This I a fresh, moderately concentrated medium-dry Gewurztraminer with rose-petal florals, honey and fermentation esters which flow on a light-textured line. Match with Asian and Middle Eastern fare over the next 3 years. Fruit from the ‘Flett Road’ vineyard, Motueka, and a site in Riwaka, given several hours skin contact and cool-fermented to 12.2% alc. and 12.5 g/L RS. 17.0+/20 Sep 2017 RRP $18.00

Anchorage Nelson Chardonnay 2017

Chardonnay from New Zealand – Nelson

Light golden-yellow colour with some depth, lighter edged. The nose is full and up-front with harmoniously melded aromas of yellow stonefruits, along with lemon-curd and butterscotch MLF notes and hints of nutty oak. Medium-bodied, the palate us up-front with fulsome flavours of yellow stonefruits entwined with lemon-curd and butterscotch MLF, and subtle nutty oak elements. The flavours are broad and deep, and fill the palate. The palate has light textures and grip, and fresh, background acidity. The flavours carry to a lingering finish of MLF. This is a full and flavoursome Chardonnay with up-front stonefruit and lemon-curd MLF notes on a slightly grainy-textured, fresh palate. Serve with seafood, poultry and pork over the next 3 years. Fruit from the Motueka River bridge site and the ‘Flett Road’ site, fermented with a portion of new oak to 12.5% alc., the wine aged on lees with 100% MLF. 16.5/20 Sep 2017 RRP $18.00

Anchorage ‘Reserve’ Nelson Syrah 2015

Syrah from New Zealand – Nelson


Full, dark, deep purple-hued black-red colour, lighter on the rim and youthful in appearance. The nose is softly full and gently packed with aromas of ripe blackberried fruit and dark raspberries, along with black pepper, dark-red and violet florals and soft Asian spices, unveiling some funky game-like notes. Medium-bodied, the palate has rich and succulently sweet flavours of blackberries, dark raspberries and notes of black pepper, liquorice, Asian spices, unfolding some funky game. The palate has fruit richness with balanced grainy tannin extraction and structure, and integrated acidity. The wine flows to a moderately long, lingering finish of black fruits, spices and game. This is a soft, full and flavoursome Syrah with blackberry, dark raspberry, black pepper, and liquorice and spice notes with some funkiness, on a structured and balanced palate. Match with barbecued and roasted red meats and casseroles over the next 3+ years. Fruit from a rolling hill vineyard on the Waimea Plains, hand-picked and destemmed, and fermented with oak to 12.5% alc. 17.0+/20 May 2018 RRP $22.00

Even, dark ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues. The nose is elegantly proportioned with aromas of blackberries and dark raspberries along with cracked black pepper and harmoniously entwined notes of spices and liquorice, unveiling violet florals. Medium-full bodied, the palate is elegantly proportioned with good depth of blackberry and raspberry fruit entwined with black and white pepper notes, some liquorice and spices. The palate has fine, grainy tannin extraction, and balanced acidity. The wine flows with positive linearity to a lingering spicy and peppery finish. This is a finely proportioned Syrah with good depth of blackberry and raspberry fruit and peppery notes on a fine, grainy-textured palate. Match with lamb, beef and venison dishes over the next 4 years. Fruit from a rolling hill vineyard on the Waimea Plains, hand-picked and destemmed, and fermented with oak to 12.5% alc. 17.0/20 Sep 2017 RRP $22.00
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