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Silver- The NZ International Wine Show 2019, NZ
4 Stars - Michael Cooper, ‘New Zealand Wines 2020’
michaelcooper.co.nz - Nov19
Vineyard: Seifried Brightwater and Redwood Valley Vineyards
Sugar at Harvest: 20.7°Brix
Date of Harvest: Late March 2019
pH of Wine: 3.10
T.A of Wine: 6.3g/L
Residual Sugar: 3.8g/L
Suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans: Yes
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 2019 Seifried Nelson Riesling is a blend from both our Brightwater and Redwood Valley 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 2019, 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 blended and stabilised in July 2019.
The 2019 Seifried Nelson Riesling is beautifully scented, with floral and citrus notes. The palate is flavoursome with delightful elderflower, apple and lime notes leaving a long lasting finish on the wine.
“Offering fabulous fruit purity and poise, the wine shows grapefruit, Gala apple, lemon peel and lime sorbet characters on the nose…It is youthful, bright and flavoursome with subtle sweetness and lively acidity…”
93 Points - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, Sept 19