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Vineyard: Seifried Brightwater Vineyard
Sugar at Harvest: 23.4°Brix
Date of Harvest: Early April 2016
pH of Wine: 3.64
T.A of Wine: 5.7g/L
Suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans: Yes
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 the Pinot Noir grapes.
The fruit in our 2016 Seifried Pinot Noir comes from our Brightwater vineyard where our Pinot Noir vines are twenty years old and are showing great maturity and depth of flavour in the fruit. The parcels of grapes were picked incrementally in April 2016 at the peak of flavour and phenolic ripeness. The de-stemmed fruit had a four day cold maceration period before individual parcels were inoculated for fermentation. Throughout fermentation plunging occurred twice daily and was tapered off to once daily during the six day post-fermentation maceration. The young wine was drained to new, one and two year old French barriques for malolactic fermentation and barrel ageing. The wine was stabilised and bottled late September 2017.
Our 2016 Seifried Nelson Pinot Noir is a harmonious wine with a nose showing ripe, sweet berry fruit characters alongside savoury undertones. The palate is broad and full with a spectrum of flavours and an appealing dried herb background. A lengthy finish lingers on the palate.