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Vineyard: Seifried Redwood Valley and Brightwater Vineyards
Sugar at Harvest: 20.6°Brix
Date of Harvest: Early April 2017
pH of Wine: 2.98
T.A of Wine: 7.7g/L
Residual Sugar: 13.2g/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 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 2017 Seifried Nelson Riesling is a blend from both our Redwood Valley and Brightwater Vineyards. The Redwood Valley fruit brings more textural components to the palate while the Brightwater fruit delivers varietal floral characters and a real fruit purity. In 2017, the combination of the two vineyard parcels blended 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 July 2017.
The 2017 Seifried Nelson Riesling is clean, crisp and varietal. The nose and palate have grapefruit and floral notes with a minerally thread of acid. The wine is well balanced with fruit sweetness wrapping around the natural acidity having lasting flavours.
"Fragrant, varietal and forward bouquet of Riesling with aromas and flavours of tangerine and lemon, a squeeze of lime and suggestions of rose. Off-dry style with some residual sweetness and with plenty of crisp youthful contrasting acidity this wine has great balance and length. A gentle steely mineral layer adds complexity. Drink now and through 2024."
91 Points - Cameron Douglas MS, November 2017