94 Points (5 Stars) - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit 2022
Vineyard: Seifried Redwood Valley and Brightwater Vineyards
Sugar at Harvest: 21.8°Brix
Date of Harvest: Mid March 20212
pH of Wine: 3.57
T.A of Wine: 6.9g/L
Residual Sugar: 13g/L
Suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans
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, blended, clarified and stabilised prior to bottling in May 2022.
The 2022 Seifried Nelson Gewürztraminer is fragrant with pungent aromatics leaping from the glass, loads of lychee, persimmon, rose petal on the nose with Turkish delight coming through on the palate. The generous palate is full and succulent with delightful lingering flavours. Enjoy!