Silver - 91 Points, Decanter World Wine Awards 2020, UK
91 Points - Allen Meadows’, ‘The Ultimate Burgundy Reference’ burghound.com®
89 Points - Bob Campbell MW, 'The Real Review', therealreview.com
Vineyard: Seifried Brightwater and Rabbit Island Vineyards
Sugar at Harvest: 24.0°Brix
Date of Harvest: Mid March 2019
pH of Wine: 3.60
T.A of Wine: 5.4g/L
Suitable for Vegans and Vegetarians
Our Brightwater Vineyard is situated 15 km from the coast and is sheltered from the south by the Richmond ranges. the ‘soil’ is a combination of rocks and boulders which is very hard on the farm equipment but vital for holding the warmth of Nelson’s sun.
Our Rabbit Island vineyards are situated on a wide river flat. The soil is made up of gravelly sandy loam, which marks the sites of Maori kumara beds (sweet potato) prior to European settlement in the early 1800’s. The Maori transferred and spread fine gravel and sand over the land to provide suitable soils for their kumara plantings. Scrub was burned to give ash and charcoal which increased soil fertility and gave characteristic topsoil. This fertility is now considerably reduced due to modern farming. The soils are however, very sandy and free draining, and the water table is relatively high ensuring adequate underground water.
The grapes were picked and then underwent a brief cold maceration period before being inoculated for fermentation. The cap was plunged twice daily during fermentation. A further brief period of skin contact followed fermentation before the wine was drained to oak barrels for malolactic fermentation and ageing.
The 2019 Old Coach Road Pinot Noir is ripe and intense with succulent summer berry fruits. Rich velvety tannins all the palate leaving a long ripe finish with lingering plum and berry flavours.