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GOLD & ‘Best of Show New Zealand white’: Mundus Vini 2018, Germany
GOLD: New Zealand International Wine Show 2017, NZ
GOLD: "SAKURA" Japan Women's Wine Awards 2018, Japan
Silver: International Wine Challenge 2018, UK
Silver: New York World Wine & Spirits Competition 2017, USA
Vineyard: Seifried Brightwater and Rabbit Island Vineyards
Sugar at Harvest: 20.6° Brix
Date of Harvest: Late March - April 2017
T.A of Wine: 8.3g/L
Residual Sugar of Wine: 4.20g/L
Suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans: Yes
Our Brightwater Vineyard is situated 15 kilometres 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 and for ripening the grapes.
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.
In the vineyard, leaves were removed from around the fruiting zone to allow light penetration and air movement around the ripening bunches. Parcels of fruit were picked when flavours, sugars and grape acids were nicely in balance, giving fruit with intensely varietal flavours and a fresh, lasting acidity.
The 2017 Old Coach Road Sauvignon Blanc is punchy and flavoursome. The nose is packed with tropical notes and grapefruit. The palate entry is clean and crisp with layers of fruit and well balanced freshness from the natural acidity. A long generous finish lingers on.