Vineyard: Seifried Rabbit Island and Brightwater Vineyards
Sugar at Harvest: 23.4°Brix
Date of Harvest: Mid March 2022
pH of Wine: 3.58
T.A of Wine: 6.2g/L
Suitable for Vegans and Vegetarians: Yes
Our Rabbit Island vineyards are situated on a wide river at. 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.
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.
The grapes were harvested and then quickly transported to the winery, for a brief period of cold maceration before being inoculated for fermentation. The cap was plunged daily during fermentation and a further period of skin contact followed fermentation before the wine was drained to oak barrels for malolactic fermentation and ageing.
The 2022 Rabbit Island Nelson Pinot Noir is savoury, supple and very approachable. Gentle berry-cherry flavours come through on the palate together with subtle cinnamon spice notes. The wine is warm and lingering on the palate. Enjoy!