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Silver: Spiegelau International Wine Competition 2014, NZ
Vineyard: Seifried Brightwater & Redwood Valley Vineyards
Sugar at Harvest: 22.1°Brix
Date of Harvest: 12th & 15th March 2014
pH of Wine: 3.56
T.A of Wine: 4.9g/L
Residual Sugar: 8.68g/L
Suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans: Yes
The 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 grapes.
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.
Gewürztraminer is an early ripening variety with an aromatic, fragrant bouquet. It is naturally a low yielding vine which can produce wonderful concentration and flavour. After picking, the grapes had a period of skin contact before gentle pressing. The juice was cold settled for 24 hours before being racked and inoculated for ferment. Cool temperatures were maintained throughout fermentation before stopping the fermentation prematurely to retain a little natural residual sweetness.
The 2014 Winemakers Collection Gewürztraminer is expressive and opulent, and oozes intensity instantly when the bottle is opened. Fragrant floral characters and Turkish Delight on the nose follow through on the broad palate. The wine has well proportioned natural acidity and phenolics to stand up to the palate fruit concentration and length.