GOLD Medal: Bragato Wine Awards 2006, NZ
Silver Medal: Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2006, NZ
Vineyard: Seifried Brightwater and Redwood Valley Vineyards
Sugar at Harvest: 22.6°Brix (average)
Date of Harvest: 27 April 2005 (Brightwater Vineyard) and 29 April 2005 (Redwood Valley Vineyard)
pH of Wine: 3.17
T.A of Wine: 9.53g/L
The unirrigated Redwood Valley Vineyard is situated on a gently sloping, north facing clay site; the vines range in age from 8 to 25 years. Vertical shoot positioning helps to expose the berries to sunlight, thus getting maximum intensity and optimal ripeness. The Brightwater Vineyard was planted with Riesling in 1999. These 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 we removed leaves to allow light penetration and air movement around the fruiting zone.
The Seifried Riesling is a blend of fruit from our Redwood Valley, and younger Brightwater Vineyard. The two portions were harvested, pressed and cool fermented separately before blending in late June. The fermentation of the Redwood Valley portion was stopped prematurely leaving a little sweetness by cooling the wine. This was then blended with the Brightwater portion (which was fermented to dryness), giving the wine a medium residual sugar.
Deliciously perfumed and aromatic with deep apricot and citrus flavours. It is gently honeyed, has a touch of sweetness and a lively, long finish.