93 Points (5 Stars) - Wine Orbit, July 2020, New Zealand
Vineyard: Seifried Brightwater and Queen Victoria Vineyards
Sugar at Harvest: 21.6°Brix
Date of Harvest: Mid March 2020
pH of Wine: 3.17
T.A of Wine: 7.1g/L
Residual Sugar of Wine: 4.1g/L
Suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans: Yes
The Brightwater vines are grown in an extremely stony area of the vineyard where water and nutrient levels are low. This helps us to restrict the plants' vigour and to crop at low levels. Our 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 Sauvignon Blanc grapes.
Our Queen Victoria Vineyard is located in the Motueka area in the heart of a region
known for its apple orchards, kiwifruit and hops. Our grapes are grown
In the vineyards, 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 2020 Rabbit Island Nelson Sauvignon Blanc, is crisp, bright and varietal.
Grapefruit and basil notes come through on the nose, while the palate has layers of ripe fruit. Passionfruit and nettle flavours wrap around refreshing bright acidity leaving a long lingering finish.