90 Points - Cameron Douglas MS, July 2019, NZ
92 Points - Bob Campbell MW, July 2019, NZ
Silver, 92 Points - Melbourne International Wine Competition 2019, Australia
Vineyard: Seifried Brightwater and Rabbit Island Vineyards
Sugar at Harvest: 21.4° Brix
Date of Harvest: Mid - late March 2019
pH of Wine: 3.15
T.A of Wine: 6.6g/L
Residual Sugar of Wine: 4.3g/L
Suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans: Yes
Our Brightwater Vineyard is situated 15 kilometres 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.
Our Rabbit Island Vineyards are situated on a wide river Flat. The soil is gravelly sandy loam which is very sandy and free draining. These vineyards are about 1.5 kilometres from the sea which helps moderate temperatures.
In the vineyard, leaves were removed from around the fruiting zone to allow light
penetration and air movement around the ripening bunches. Parcels of fruit were
picked when flavours, sugars and grape acids were nicely in balance, giving fruit with intensely varietal flavours and a fresh, lasting acidity.
The 2019 Old Coach Road Nelson Sauvignon Blanc is punchy and varietal. Lemongrass and freshly podded pea aromas come through on the nose with passionfruit and citrus notes lingering on the palate. The wine is long and flavoursome.
"The wine is fabulously aromatic on the nose showing passionfruit, feijoa, kiwifruit and lemon zest characters, leading to a vibrant palate that is juicy and bright. The wine offers terrific fruit intensity and lively mouthfeel, finishing long and very tasty. At its best: now to 2021."
93 points - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, July 2019.