Gold - AWC Vienna, 2020
Silver - MUNDUS VINI Summer Tasting 2020, Germany
94 Points - Bob Campbell MW, © The Real Review, therealreview.com
93 Points - Cameron Douglas MS, The Shout, February 2021, New Zealand
Vineyard: Seifried Brightwater Vineyard
Sugar at Harvest: 21.7°Brix
Date of Harvest: 3rd April 2020
pH of Wine: 3.18
T.A of Wine: 6.7g/L
Residual Sugar: 4.3g/L
Suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans: Yes
Our Brightwater Vineyard lies about 15km from the sea (10km from the winery) and is nestled under the Richmond Ranges on the southern end of the Waimea Plains. The temperature at this site fluctuates more than any of our other vineyards due to its distance from the coastline. The Vineyard is exceptionally stony with free draining soils, which is very hard on the farm equipment. The large stones however are vital for holding the warmth of the Nelson sun and for ripening the grapes. Lively fruit characters are evident in fruit harvested from this block.
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, fresh aromatic fruit characters.
The 2020 Aotea by the Seifried Family Sauvignon Blanc is pure and varietal. White flesh nectarine, dried hops and passionfruit flavours come through on the nose. The palate is generous with appealing mineral notes and lingering flavours on the palate.
"Crisp, vibrant sauvignon blanc with Rose's lime juice, passionfruit and gooseberry flavours. Impressive purity and power, with an ethereal texture and lingering finish."
- 94 Points, Bob Campbell MW, © The Real Review, therealreview.com