Silver: International Wine Challenge 2018, UK
Silver: International Wine & Spirits Competition 2017, UK
Vineyard: Seifried Edens Road Vineyard
Sugar at Harvest: 34°Brix
Date of Harvest: Early - Mid April 2017
pH of Wine: 2.97
T.A of Wine: 14g/L
Residual Sugar: 153g/L
Alc.: 9.5% vol.
Suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans: Yes
Our Edens Road vineyard is 12km from the coast and is bordered by the Wairoa River. 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 grapes. The Edens Road vines are grown in an extremely stony area of the vineyard, where water and nutrient levels are low. This helps restrict the plant 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.
Using 100% Riesling fruit, the grapes were hand selected at the peak of ripeness with a large portion of the fruit shrivelled and raisined, caused by natural dehydration. The grapes were then gently pressed to release a very concentrated intensely flavoured juice. The grapes were picked, pressed and fermented in batches as grapes were selected during several passes through the vineyard. The fermentation was initiated immediately and continued for about three weeks. During this time, the ferment parcels were monitored and tasted regularly. The young wine was then blended and stabilised before bottling in July 2017. The residual sugar in the wine is 153g/L.
The 2017 Seifried Winemakers Collection Nelson ‘Sweet Agnes’ Riesling is intensely scented with notes of candied citrus peel, fresh cut spring blooms and summer stone fruit. The palate has fine minerally acidity to cut through the fruit characters of dried apricots and marmalade. The wine has a long generous finish.