Vineyard: Seifried Brightwater Vineyard
Sugar at Harvest: 23.5°Brix
Date of Harvest: Late March 2018
pH of Wine: 3.59
T.A of Wine: 5.7g/L
Suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans: Yes
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 Zweigelt grapes.
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.
The Zweigelt is a red grape variety originating in Hermann’s homeland of Austria. It is a favourite at Seifried family gatherings. Our Brightwater vineyard has just 11 rows, totaling less than one hectare of Zweigelt vines.
Our vines were nearly 20 years old when the fruit for the 2018 was picked. Zweigelt has full round berries and bunches, with rich purple skin and intense fruit flavours. The grapes were de-stemmed and fermented on their skins, and hand plunged twice times a day. Following fermentation, the wine was gently pressed from the skins and transferred to a mixture of new and three year old French oak barriques. The wine underwent malolactic fermentation and remained in barrel for 12 months. The wine was racked from the barrel in April 2019.
The 2018 Seifried Nelson Zweigelt has wild blackberry and dark licorice aromas on the nose. The palate shows ripe luscious dark berry fruits and hints of cinnamon. Warm toasty oak tannins leave a long warming finish.