Silver: International Wine & Spirit Competition 2015, UK
Vineyard: Seifried Brightwater and Redwood Valley Vineyards
Sugar at Harvest: 21.2°Brix
Date of Harvest: Late April 2014
pH of Wine: 2.98
T.A of Wine: 7.0g/L
Residual Sugar: 18g/L
Suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans: Yes
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 10 to 30 years. Vertical shoot positioning helps to expose the berries to sunlight, thus getting maximum intensity and optimal ripeness.
The 2014 Seifried Riesling is a blend from both our Brightwater and Redwood Valley Vineyards. 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.
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 late July 2014.
The 2014 Seifried Riesling shows floral characters alongside appealing flinty notes. The palate is generous with 18g/L natural residual sweetness and a fine thread of minerally acidity wrapping around the palate to leave a persisting flavoursome finish.
“Seductive bouquet with honey, floral, green apple, grape fruit and quince; flavours on the palate reflect this with high acidity adding texture and length. A finely balanced wine with a light kick of sweetness on the finish, juicy and delicious!"
- Cameron Douglas MS, NZ Liquor News/FMCG Business - April 2015