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Silver - New Zealand Wine of the Year Awards 2019, NZ
94 points - Cameron Douglas MS, ‘The Shout’ Aug 19
93 points - Bob Campbell MW, ©The Real Review, July 2019, therealreview.com
4.5 Stars - Michael Cooper - ‘New Zealand Wines 2020’
michaelcooper.co.nz, November 2019
Vineyard: Seifried Redwood Valley and Brightwater Vineyards
Sugar at Harvest: 21.7°Brix
Date of Harvest: Mid March 2019
pH of Wine: 3.41
T.A of Wine: 5.1g/L
Residual Sugar: 14.0g/L
Suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans: Yes
The unirrigated Redwood Valley vineyard is situated on a gently sloping, north facing clay site; the vines range in age from 10 to 30 years. Vertical shoot positioning helps to expose the berries to sunlight, thus getting maximum intensity and optimal ripeness.
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 our Gewürztraminer grapes.
Gewürztraminer is an early ripening variety with an aromatic, fragrant bouquet. It is naturally a low yielding vine which can produce wonderful concentration and flavour. After harvest the grapes were de-stemmed and left for a brief period of skin contact before pressing. The clear juice was inoculated with a pure yeast strain and then a cool, temperature-controlled fermentation began. After fermentation the wine had a period on yeast lees before it was racked, clarified and stabilised prior to bottling in August 2018.
The 2019 Seifried Nelson Gewürztraminer is fragrant with enticing exotic aromas on the nose. The palate is packed with flavours of lychee, toffee apple and ginger. The wine is luscious and concentrated leaving lasting flavours.
"Succulent and opulent,
while remaining vibrant and refreshing."
94 Points – Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, June 2019