Nederburg The Anchorman 2011

By , 7 August 2012


Yesterday the launch of the Heritage Anthology from Nederburg, a collection of four so-called gourmet wines to be sold exclusively through specialist retailers and fine dining establishments. In terms of the many tiers of the Nederburg range, these wines take the place of what used to appear under the Manor House label in the local market, positioned above Winemaster’s Reserve but below the likes of Ingenuity, Private Bin and Two Centuries. Each of the wines honours a personality who played a major role in shaping the cellar’s reputation.

Tasting notes and scores below:

The Young Airhawk 2011: 16.5/20
In honour of Arnold Graue, son of Johann Graue.
Recommended retail price: R97/bottle

Sauvignon Blanc from Darling, Durbanville and Elim. 12 months in older oak. Thankfully no pyrazine character but not much of anything else either.  Appears nicely plump and smooth textured however with moderate acidity. Carries oak well.

The Brew Master 2009: 16.5/20
In honour of Johann Graue, who acquired Nederburg in 1937.
Recommended retail price: R105/bottle

66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 13% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc. 24 months in French oak, combination of first- through fourth-fill. Rip red and black fruit, hint of herbaceousness which adds some necessary lift. Generally rich and full, thick textured, ever so slightly listless. Made in a weighty style with moderate acidity and soft tannins

The Motorcycle Marvel 2009: 17/20
In honour of Günter Brőzel, at Nederburg from 1956 to 1989.
Recommended retail price: R105/bottle

37% Grenache, 33% Carignan, 30% Shiraz. 24 months in older French and Romanian oak. On the nose, red and black fruit, prominent but not excessive oak, slight reductive note. The palate is big, broad and intensely flavoured. Succulent fruit and soft tannins. Impressive but appears quite elaborate and pre-meditated.

The Anchorman 2011: 18/20
In honour of Philippus Wolvaart, who bought the farm in 1791.
Recommended retail price: R97/bottle

Chenin Blanc from Darling, Durbanville and Paarl. First portion fermented in older barrels, second in stainless steel tanks, third in very old, large vats and remainder involving carbonic maceration. Real complexity with notes of peach, peach kernel and bruised apple. Great weight and driving acidity. Some phenolic grip, entirely appropriate relative to the wine in its entirety. Really rewarding to drink.

Generally, a very good but not exactly thrilling line-up. “Going rogue is a little tricky for us,” says Wim Truter, winemaker in charge of whites at Nederburg. The Chenin Blanc proves it can be done.


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