Nelson Riesling 2011
• GOLD: NZ International Wine Show 2011
• Silver: New World Wine Awards 2012
Vineyard: Brightwater and Redwood Valley Vineyard
Sugar at Harvest: 22.1°Brix
Date of Harvest: Early April 2011
pH of Wine: 3.08
T.A of Wine: 7.7g/L
The Brightwater Vineyard vines are grown in an extremely stony area of the vineyard, where water and nutrient levels are low. This helps us to restrict the plants vigour and to crop at low levels. To further enhance the aromatics, leaves were removed to allow light penetration and air movement around the fruiting zone.
The unirrigated Redwood Valley Vineyard is situated on a gently sloping, north facing clay site - the vines range in age from 11 to 28 years. Vertical shoot positioning helps to expose the berries to sunlight, thus getting maximum intensity and optimal ripeness.
The 2011 Seifried Riesling comes from our Brightwater Vineyard with a small portion from our Redwood Valley Vineyard. Delicate fruit flavours and aromas were retained from the vineyard using careful canopy management. Grapes were picked at optimal ripeness in good condition. Fruit was de-stemmed and pressed immediately after harvest and a cool fermentation was initiated in stainless steel tanks to retain the clean aromatic fruit characters. The wine was then blended, stabilised and bottled in July 2011.
The 2011 Seifried Riesling has a clean varietal nose with lemon-lime notes and delicate blossoms. The palate has tropical fruits and succulent characters balanced against zesty mouth-watering acidity.
The Brightwater fruit delivers powerful varietal floral characters and a real fruit purity, while the Redwood Valley fruit brings more textual components to the palate. In this vintage, the combination of the two vineyard parcels gives a greater wine than a single site alone.
“This Riesling is almost like a ripe Mosel—it has the honey, the lime marmalade, the lemon blossom, honey and minerals….. it’s a lovely, not quite dry Riesling from Nelson.” - Oz Clarke. “My Top Wines for 2013—delicious, good value wines to try tonight”
90 Points - Wine Enthusiast, April 2012, USA
Bottle Size: 750ml