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4 Stars: Winestate Magazine July/August 2016, NZ
Vineyard: Seifried Redwood Valley Vineyard
Sugar at Harvest: 22.0°Brix
Date of Harvest: 19 March 2015
pH of Wine: 3.59
T.A of Wine: 5.1g/L
Residual Sugar: 20.3g/L
Suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans: Yes
The unirrigated Redwood Valley vineyard is situated on a gently sloping, north facing clay site; the vines range in age from 10 to 30 years. Vertical shoot positioning helps to expose the berries to sunlight, thus getting maximum intensity and optimal ripeness.
Gewürztraminer is an early ripening variety with an aromatic, fragrant bouquet. It is naturally a low yielding vine which can produce wonderful concentration and flavour. After harvest the grapes were de-stemmed and left for a period of skin contact before pressing. The clear juice was inoculated with a pure yeast strain and then a cool, temperature-controlled fermentation began. After fermentation the wine had a brief period on yeast lees before it was racked, clarified and stabilised prior to bottling in late July 2015. The 2015 Seifried Gewürztraminer has 20.3g/l natural residual sugar.
The 2015 Seifried Gewürztraminer has beautiful scented characters of rose petal, toffee apple and candied ginger. The wine has well proportioned natural phenolics on the palate, to work with the natural residual fruit sweetness. Appealing floral flavours together with gentle spice leaves a generous finish on the palate.