Gold & Top 50 - New World Wine Awards, September 2023, New Zealand
93 Points (5 Stars) - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, July 2023, New Zealand
Vineyard: Seifried Redwood Valley and Brightwater Vineyards
Sugar at Harvest: 21.6°Brix
Date of Harvest: Mid March 2023
pH of Wine: 3.46
T.A of Wine: 5.8g/L
Residual Sugar: 12.5g/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 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 June 2023.
The 2023 Seifried Nelson Gewurztraminer has a beautifully aromatic nose with tell-tale varietal aromas of roses, Turkish delight and hints of ginger. The palate is equally flavoursome with well balanced fruit concentration and an off dry finish leaving lingering flavours! Delicious.