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Vineyard: Seifried Redwood Valley & Brightwater Vineyards
Sugar at Harvest: 21.4°Brix
Date of Harvest: Mid April 2013
pH of Wine: 3.12
T.A of Wine: 8.2 g/L
Residual Sugar of Wine: 6.07 g/L
The unirrigated Redwood Valley Vineyard is situated on a gently sloping, north facing clay site; the vines range in age from 15 to 30 years. Vertical shoot positioning helps to expose the berries to sunlight, thus getting maximum intensity and optimal ripeness.
The Brightwater Vineyard was planted with Riesling in 1999. These vines are grown in an extremely stony area of the vineyard, where water and nutrient levels are low. This helps to restrict the plants vigour and to crop at low levels. To further enhance the aromatics we removed leaves to allow light penetration and air movement around the fruiting zone.
The Old Coach Road Riesling is a blend of fruit from our older Redwood Valley Vineyard and Brightwater Vineyard. The two portions were harvested, pressed and cool fermented separately. One portion had its ferment stopped just before dryness to bring a slight residual sweetness to the blend.
The Old Coach Road Riesling 2013 has delicate varietal characters on the nose with gently scented spring blossoms and hints of citrus. The palate has green apple and minerally characters running the length, while ripe natural fruit sweetness balances the clean acidity beautifully and leaves a lasting impression.
“Warm and generous bouquet with aromas of honey, baked and stewed apple, pear and warm lemon. There’s a light toasty quality as well. On the palate—just dry with a light sweet note; then flavours of honey, lemon and green apple emerge; medium + acidity and finish. Old school style, well made and distinctive expression.” (4 Stars)
- Cameron Douglas, Master Sommelier, January 2015