Vineyard: Seifried Redwood Valley & Brightwater Vineyards
Sugar at Harvest: 21.4°Brix
Date of Harvest: Late March 2018
pH of Wine: 3.51
T.A of Wine: 6.6g/L
Residual Sugar: 14.0g/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.
The Brightwater vines are grown in an extremely stony area of the vineyard where water and nutrient levels are low. This helps us to restrict the plants vigour and to crop at low levels. Our Brightwater Vineyard is situated 15km 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 our Gewürztraminer grapes.
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 brief 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 period on yeast lees before it was racked, clarified and stabilised prior to bottling in August 2018.
The 2018 Seifried Nelson Gewürztraminer has all the varietal characteristics of Gewürztraminer without overloading your senses. Floral notes on the nose give way to juicy peach on the palate. The palate had moderate acidity, giving a nicely rounded lingering generosity.
Lovely bouquet with a core of spicy white fleshed fruit, quince and baked pineapple. Fleshy and lush on the palate with a core of fruit and intensity, medium acidity, lovely complexity and lengthy finish. Delicious, fragrant and lengthy. Drink now and through 2022.
93 Points - Cameron Douglas MS, November 2018