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Vineyard: Seifried Brightwater and Redwood Valley Vineyards
Sugar at Harvest: 21.8°Brix
Date of Harvest: Mid April 2016
pH of Wine: 3.13
T.A of Wine: 7.3g/L
Residual Sugar: 3.0g/L
Suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans: Yes
The Brightwater Vineyard 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. To further enhance the aromatics, leaves were removed to allow light penetration and air movement around the fruiting zone. 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 2016 Seifried Riesling is a blend from both our Brightwater and Redwood Valley vineyards, the Brightwater fruit delivers powerful varietal floral characters and a real fruit purity while the Redwood Valley fruit brings more textual components to the palate. In this vintage, the combination of the two vineyard parcels gives a greater wine than a single site alone. Delicate fruit flavours and aromas were retained from the vineyard using careful canopy management and the grapes were picked at optimal ripeness in good condition. Fruit was de-stemmed and pressed immediately after harvest and a cool fermentation was initiated in stainless steel tanks to retain the clean aromatic fruit characters. The wine was then blended, stabilised then bottled in September 2016.
The 2016 Seifried Riesling is pure and varietal. Citrus, floral and tropical stone fruit deliver on the nose and the palate has lovely fruit weight and concentration. The finish is long and crisp with a thread of minerality running the length.
“Very pretty with a bit of grapefruit and also some melony richness. Nice texture to the fruit, this is deliciously open and fruity with moderate acidity. Such pretty aromatics.”
- Jamie Goode, Wine Anorak, January 2017