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Archangel 2015 Pinot Gris, 2013 Stefania and Halina Rieslings and Pinot Noir

21 June,2017
Mary and Ian Zurakowski established the Archangel Vineyard in 2003 at Queensberry, just north of Lake Dunstan in Central Otago. The 23 ha of vines are dedicated to Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Riesling. The vineyard was planted with the advice of Dr David Jordan and Gary Ford of Vinewise tends to the viticulture. The Zurakowskis have Pete Bartle as their contracted winemaker. The Archangel Vineyard is notes for the quality of its fruit, and the wines have performed well as wine shows. The Kurakowskis have an inspiring family history, both Mary and Ian being the children of Polish women who endured harsh conditions in World War 2, which included time in the Arkhngel’sk labour camp in Siberia. It is the determination of their mothers that make a significant part of the drive of the owners to make top quality wine. Mary and Ian’s son Zenek and his fiancée Chelsey are now involved in all aspects of the business Here, I review the 2015 Pinot Gris, 2013 ‘Stefania’ and ‘Halina’ Rieslings (named after the mothers), and the 2013 Pinot Noir. www.archangelwines.co.nz


Archangel Central Otago Pinot Gris 2015

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Otago

Bright straw-yellow colour with slight golden hues and some depth, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is soft and gently full with good vinous volume, but subtle fruit expression, showing white and yellow stonefruits, yellow florals along with nuances of savoury minerals. Dryish to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate has a well-concentrated core with good presence and weight, showing restrained fruit flavours of white and yellow stonefruits, pears and florals, and nuances of savoury minerals. The fruit flavours grow in depth and follow a fine, dry-textured line with integrated acidity, carrying to a crisp, dry finish of white stonefruits. This dry Pinot Gris has good body and presence, with subtle fruit flavours of stonefruits, florals and minerals. Match with most white meat courses over the next 3 years. Berrysmith clone fruit, hand-picked and fermented in stainless-steel to 14.0% alc. and 5.5 g/L RS. Approx. 600 cases made. 17.0+/20 Jun 2017 RRP $25.00

Archangel ‘Stefania’ Central Otago Riesling 2013

Riesling from New Zealand – Otago

Bright, even straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, lighter on the rim. The bouquet is elegantly proportioned with intense and penetrating aromas of lime fruit melded harmoniously with white florals, nuances of honeysuckle and a layering of complexing toasty secondary elements and minerals. This has beautiful clarity, purity and focus. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is fine and tightly bound with a concentrated and intense core of lime fruit, florals, minerals and subtle notes of honeysuckle intermingling with secondary toasty detail. The palate shows good fruit extract and the wine flows along a fine-textured line, with lacy acidity providing energy. The wine carries to a long and sustained, elegant finish of limes, florals, minerals and toast. This is a tightly bound, pure and focussed dry Riesling with lime, floral, toast and mineral flavours on a fine-textured, lingering plate.. Serve as an aperitif and with shellfish over the next 4-5+ years. Hand-picked clone GM 239 clone fruit fermented in stainless-steel to 12.8% alc. and 6.7 g/L RS, TA 7.55 g/l and pH 2.91. Approx. 240 cases made. 18.5+/20 Jun 2017 RRP $25.00

Archangel ‘Halina’ Central Otago Riesling 2013

Riesling from New Zealand – Otago

Brilliant, even straw-yellow colour with slight lemon-green hues, paler edged. The nose is softly full and voluminous with an intense and deep heart of lime fruit, honeysuckle, white florals and subtle secondary development notes of toast and kerosene. Medium-dry to medium in taste and medium-bodied, the palate has a rounded and gentle mouthfeel of limes, honeysuckle and gentle floral flavours, unveiling toast and mineral detail. The mouthfeel possesses fine-textured phenolics and fruit extract, and the sweet fruit is balanced by crisp, brisk acidity. The flavours forma finely concentrated core that carries to an elegant, long lingering finish of lime and honey. This is a gently mouthfilling medium-dry Riesling with a taut core of lime and honeysuckle, and balanced, brisk acidity, now beginning to show a little secondary toasty complexity. Match with Thai, Vietnamese and Japanese cuisine over the next 4+ years. Hand-picked clone GM 239 Riesling fruit, fermented in stainless-steel to 11.2% alc. and 25 g/L RS, TA 7.6 g/L and pH 2.92. Around 140 cases made. 18.5/20 Jun 2017 RRP $25.00

Archangel Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Otago

Dark, even ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the rim. This has an elegantly concentrated nose with a fine, firm v=core of dark=red berry and cherry fruit, and dark red florals, melded with notes of thyme herbs, the aromatics building in intensity with aeration. Medium-full bodied, the palate is fine in proportion with a firm and concentrated heart of dark-red cherry and berry fruit harmoniously entwined with dark herb and floral elements, along with hints of spices. The fruit is balanced by fine-grained tannin extraction lending a refined structure, and the acidity is integrated, lending gentle energy. The wine carries to an elegant, lingering finish. This is a finely concentrated Pinot Noir with dark cherry and berry fruit along with floral and herbal notes. Match with poultry nd pork over the next 4-5 years. Clones 5, 777, 113, 115 and Abel, hand-picked and destemmed, and fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 29% new French oak barriques. 1,700 cases made. 18.0/20 Jun 2017 RRP $33.00
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