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Anchorage ‘Reserve’ Nelson Syrah 2015

25 May,2018

The Drummond family, who have had a history of horticulture and agriculture in the Nelson region since 1880 operate Anchorage Family Estate, their wine operation in Motueka. They established their vineyard in 2000, releasing their first wines with the 2003 vintage. Nowadays the company has over 40 ha of vineyards, supplemented by contract fruit. The winemaker is Stefan Heinrich, with Anchorage since 2013. The range of wines is broad and innovative, offering very good value. A ‘Reserve’ tier takes the interest up a notch. Here, I take a re-look at the 2015 ‘Reserve’ Syrah which I reviewed last year.


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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