95 Points (5 Star) - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, July 2021, New Zealand
Vineyard: Seifried Brightwater and Rabbit Island Vineyards
Sugar at Harvest: 21.6°Brix
Date of Harvest: Late March 2021
pH of Wine: 3.20
T.A of Wine: 7.4g/L
Residual Sugar: 5g/L
Suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans
The 2021 growing season was cooler than usual in Nelson resulting in delicate aromatics and bright acidity.
Our Brightwater Vineyard lies about 15km from the sea (10km from the winery) and is nestled under the Richmond Ranges on the southern end of the Waimea Plains. The temperature at this site fluctuates more than any of our other vineyards due to its distance from the coastline. The Vineyard is exceptionally stony with free draining soils, which is very hard on the farm equipment. The large stones however are vital for holding the warmth of the Nelson sun and for ripening the grapes. Lively fruit characters are evident in fruit harvested from this block.
Our Rabbit Island Vineyards are situated on a wide river Flat. The soil is gravelly sandy loam which is very sandy and free draining. These vineyards are about 1.5 kilometres from the sea which helps moderate temperatures.
Aromatic and fresh Sauvignon Blanc flavours were encouraged prior to vintage through careful canopy management. The fruit was de-stemmed and pressed immediately after harvest and a cool fermentation was initiated in stainless steel tanks to retain the clean, fresh aromatic fruit characters.
The 2021 Aotea by the Seifried Family Nelson Sauvignon Blanc is simply bursting with flavour and punch. Its lightly aromatic with crushed hops, fresh verbena and ripe passionfruit. The palate is generously flavoursome with gorgeous mineral backbone to balance the succulent ripe tropical fruit flavours.