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Silver: NZ International Wine Show 2014
Silver: International Wine & Spirit Competition 2015, UK
Vineyard: Seifried Redwood Valley & Brightwater Vineyards
Sugar at Harvest: 21.4°Brix
Date of Harvest: Mid April 2014
pH of Wine: 3.03
T.A of Wine: 7.2 g/L
Residual Sugar of Wine: 16 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 Brightwater Vineyard and our older Redwood Valley 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 2014 is pure and varietal showing delicate floral notes on the nose. The palate has good entry with elements of stonefruit and gentle citrus minerality to balance the natural residual sweetness in the wine.