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93 Points (5 Stars) - Wine Orbit, July 2020, New Zealand
92 Points - Cameron Douglas MS, The Shout, May 2021, New Zealand
Vineyard: Seifried Rabbit Island and Brightwater Vineyards
Sugar at Harvest: 22.7°Brix
Date of Harvest: Mid March 2020
pH of Wine: 3.33
T.A of Wine: 6.1g/L
Residual Sugar: 9g/L
Suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans: Yes
Our Rabbit Island vineyard is situated on a wide river flat. The soil is gravelly loam which is very sandy and free draining. These vineyards are about 1.5 kilometres from the sea which helps moderate temperatures.
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 fruit in our 2020 Seifried Nelson Pinot Noir Rosé comes from our Brightwater and Rabbit Island vineyards. Parcels of Pinot Noir were picked incrementally in March 2020 at peak of flavour and phenolic ripeness. The de-stemmed fruit had a two day cold maceration period before juice was drained from the fermenters to blend the Rosé. The drained juice was settled, warmed and inoculated for a clean, crisp fermentation to retain lovely Pinot Noir fruit characters. The wine had brief period on yeast lees before being stabilised and bottled in July 2020.
The 2020 Seifried Nelson Pinot Noir Rosé has a delightful pale rose colour. Aromatics show marshmallow, creaming soda and summer strawberries. The palate is luscious, concentrated and fruit-driven with succulent flavours lingering after the wine has gone.