Best Buy $25 & under - Gourmet Traveller Wine, Bob Campbell MW, May 2021
'Best Buy' & 4 Stars - Cuisine Magazine, September 2021, NZ
Silver - AWC Vienna 2020, Austria
Silver - 91 Points, International Wine & Spirit Competition 2020, UK
92 Points - Cameron Douglas MS, The Shout, September 2021
90 Points - Bob Campbell MW, ‘The Real Review’ therealreview.com
Vineyard: Seifried Brightwater Vineyard
Sugar at Harvest: 23.7°Brix
Date of Harvest: Mid March 2019
pH of Wine: 3.40
T.A of Wine: 4.8g/L
Residual Sugar of Wine: 2g/L
Suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans: Yes
Our Brightwater 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.
The ‘hen and chicken’ berries of the Mendoza clone of Chardonnay used in this blend give full tropical flavours. The fruit was harvested, brought to the winery and pressed immediately then cooled for a 24 hour settling period.
Following this, the juice was racked and warmed for inoculation. Primary alcoholic fermentation occurred in stainless steel tanks with the young wine then being gravity fed into one, two and three year old French barriques. The Chardonnay then underwent malolactic fermentation in spring 2019 in barrel. Barrels were hand stirred regularly to build palate weight and structure. The wine then sat on lees for a total of 13 months or so before being racked from barrique, blended and prepared for bottling.
The Seifried Nelson Chardonnay is from the outstanding 2019 vintage. The season was hot and dry, with fruit coming in looking perfect. The wine is rich and ripe with stonefruits and spice on the nose. The palate is smooth and velvety with layers of tropical fruit and nutty characters leaving a generous warm finish.
“The 2019 vintage was described as ‘the stuff of dreams’. It hit the jackpot in terms of both quantity and quality. This light, fresh chardonnay is a prime example of a wine that, in 2019 at least, punches well above its weight. It has subtle grapefruit/citrus, baguette crust and spicy oak aromas. Delicate and ethereal, the wine has a smooth texture. Good purity and a pleasantly dry finish..” "Best Buy $25 & under" - Gourmet Traveller Wine, Bob Campbell MW, May 2021