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Archangel ‘Stefania’ Riesling 2015, Chardonnay 2017 and Pinot Noir 2014

20 March,2018

Archangel is the Central Otago wine venture of Mary and Ian Zurakowski who established their 23 ha of vines in Queensberry, just north of Lake Dunstan. The name ‘Archangel’ refers to the Arkhangelsk labour camp in Siberia which features in the family’s remarkable history. The vineyard was planted under the advice of Dr David Jordan to Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Riesling, and is under the care of Gary Ford of Vinewise, who is guiding it towards BioGro organic certification. The wines are made by Pete Bartle of VinPro. Mary and Ian’s son Zenek has become fully involved in the business, and other business growth includes the opening of a cellar door last year and the addition of a rosé wine to the portfolio, which sold out very quickly. Here, I review the 2015 ‘Stefania’ Riesling, the 2007 Chardonnay and 2014 Pinot Noir. www.archangelwines.co.nz


Archangel ‘Stefania’ Central Otago Riesling 2015

Riesling from New Zealand – Otago


Bright, light straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, pale edged. The nose is taut and finely concentrated with harmoniously melded aromas of citrus fruit and secondary toast notes and mineral complexities. This is firm and still somewhat aromatically austere, but shows excellent intensity. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has an elegantly concentrated heart with an amalgam of lime and lemonade fruit along with toasty detail and mineral nuances. The palate features refined phenolic and fruit-extract textures, and is enlivened by crisp, thirst-quenching acidity. The mouthfeel is poised and possesses a tight core and line that carries to a ling, zesty finish. This is a tight and finely concentrated dry Riesling with citrus fruit and complex toast and mineral notes on a mouthwatering palate that promises to reveal more over the next 5 years. Serve as an aperitif, and with shellfish and seafood over the next 5 years. Hand-picked fruit, WBP and fermented in stainless-steel to 12.5% alc. and 7.5 g/L RS, and TA 7.8 g/L. 18.5/20 Mar 2018 RRP $35.00

Archangel Central Otago Chardonnay 2017

Chardonnay from New Zealand – Otago


Bright straw-yellow colour with slight golden hues, lighter on the rim. The nose is elegantly concentrated with moderately deep aromas of white and yellow stonefruits, and citrus fruit entwined with a fine line of spicy, nutty oak melded with notes of lemon-curd MLF and suggestions of creamy barrel-ferment. Fullish bodied, the palate has a rich core of stonefruits and citrus fruit alongside lemon-curd MLF, along with a little creamy, nutty oak. The palate is bright and lively, and enhanced by fresh acidity. The wine flows along a very fine featured and textured line, leading to a long, lingering finish. This is a full, rich, citrus and stonefruited Chardonnay with lemon-curd MLF and creamy, nutty oak on a brisk, refreshing palate. Match with grilled and roasted seafood and poultry dishes over the next 4 years. Hand-picked fruit, WBP and fully barrel-fermented to 14.3% alc., the wine aged 9 months in 42% new French oak barriques with batonnage and full MLF conversion. 18.0-/20 Mar 2018 RRP $35.00

Archangel Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Otago


Dark, deep, ruby-red colour with some black-purple hues, lighter on the edge. The nose is elegant in proportion with finely concentrated aromas of ripe, dark-red berry fruit with hints of raspberry liqueur, along with plum notes, piquant, savoury dark herbs, unfolding subtle violet florals. Medium-full bodied, the palaste has rich and vibrant flavours of ripe, dark-red and black berried fruits, along with plums, liquorice and some dark herbal detail. The fruit forms a well-concentrated core with a fine, grainy textures and extraction. The mouthfeel is enlivened by fresh, lacy acidity, and the wine carries to a rich-fruited, sustained finish. This is a vibrant, elegantly concentrated Pinot Noir with ripe dark-red and black berried fruits, and nuances of plums and liquorice on a fine, grainy structure and a lively palate. Match with lamb, beef and venison over the next 6-7+ years. Hand-picked fruit, clones 5, 777, 113, 115 and Abel, destemmed and fermented to 13.7% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 27% new French oak barriques. 18.5+/20 Mar 2018 RRP $35.00

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