Gold - The New Zealand International Wine Show, 2020
Gold - AWC Vienna, 2020
Silver - MUNDUS VINI Summer Tasting 2020, Germany
Silver - 91 Points, International Wine & Spirit Competition 2020, UK
93 Points (5 Stars) - Wine Orbit, July 2020, New Zealand
91 Points - David Lawrason, winealign.com, Canada
Vineyard: Seifried Brightwater, Queen Victoria and Rabbit Island Vineyards
Sugar at Harvest: 21.6° Brix
Date of Harvest: Mid - late March 2020
pH of Wine: 3.15
T.A of Wine: 7.2g/L
Residual Sugar of Wine: 3.9g/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 Queen Victoria Vineyard is located in the Motueka area in the heart of a region known for its apple orchards, kiwifruit and hops. Our grapes are grown on very stoney free draining soils giving lovely fruit clarity and varietal intensity.
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 2020 Old Coach Road Nelson Sauvignon Blanc has a pale straw colour. The nose is expressive and bright with melon, lime and basil leaf. The palate is full and flavoursome with passionfruit, sugar snap peas and lasting mineral acidity lingering on the palate.
“...immensely appealing with passionfruit, green kiwifruit, mango and lemon zest aromas on the nose, followed by a gorgeously flavoursome palate that's juicy and lively...”
- Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, July 2020
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