95 Points (5 Star) - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, July 2021, New Zealand
Vineyard: Seifried Rabbit Island and Queen Victoria Vineyards
Sugar at Harvest: 21.4°Brix
Date of Harvest: late March 2021
pH of Wine: 3.24
T.A of Wine: 7.4g/L
Residual Sugar of Wine: 4.1g/L
Suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans
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 Sauvignon Blanc grapes.
Our Queen Victoria Vineyard is located in the Motueka area in the heart of a region known for its apple orchards, kiwifruit and hops. Our grapes are grown on very stoney free draining soils giving lovely fruit clarity and varietal intensity.
Aromatic and fresh Sauvignon Blanc flavours were encouraged prior to vintage through careful canopy management. The 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.
2021 was another cracker vintage in Nelson, although yields are devastatingly light due to spring frost, unsettled flowering weather and Boxing Day hail!
The 2021 Seifried Nelson Sauvignon Blanc is vibrant and concentrated with intense tropical fruit weight, hop characters and beautiful crisp minerally acidity running the palate. Enjoy this beauty!