85 Points (4 Star) - Wine Orbit, June 2023, New Zealand
Vineyard: Seifried Clover Road and Brightwater
Vineyards Sugar at Harvest: 23.2°Brix
Date of Harvest: Late March - early April 2020
pH of Wine: 3.45
T.A of Wine: 6.2g/L
Suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans: Yes
The Clover Road and Brightwater vineyards are both situated 15 km from the coast and are 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 newly established vines.
This soft, easy drinking wine is a blend of three classic varieties. The grape varietal parcels were harvested as they ripened and fermented on their skins separately. Fermentation occurred over a three week period with punch downs occurring twice daily to help build up the core structure from which this wine would evolve. The wines were then aged separately in French oak barriques to impart spicy oak flavours.
The 2020 Old Coach Road Malbec Cabernet Franc Merlot is supple, warm and mellow. Ripe berry with fresh powdered nutmeg aromas shine on the nose, while the palate is velvety and smooth showing plum flavours and spicy oak, layer of warming flavours linger on the palate. Enjoy!