92 points - Cameron Douglas MS, ‘The Shout’ Aug 19
Vineyard: Seifried Edens Road Vineyard
Sugar at Harvest: 21.9°Brix
Date of Harvest: Late March 2019
pH of Wine: 3.19
T.A of Wine: 5.0g/L
Residual Sugar: 2.9g/L
Suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans: Yes
The Edens Road vineyard is in an extremely stony area where water and nutrient levels are low. This helps us to restrict the plants vigour and to crop at low levels. To further enhance the aromatics, leaves were removed to allow light penetration and air movement around the fruiting zone. Our Edens Road vineyard is situated 15 km 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 ripening the Grüner Veltliner fruit.
Grüner Veltliner, is the most widely planted white grape variety in Austria which is Hermann Seifried’s homeland. We were thrilled to finally be able to grow Grüner Veltliner here in New Zealand after it had passed through the long quarantine process. In 2008 we chose our Brightwater Vineyard to plant a small area of these very special vines. More recently, we have established Grüner Veltliner vines in our Edens Road vineyard.
The 2019 Seifried Nelson Grüner Veltliner has fresh apple and elderflower aromas on the nose. The Palate has the slightest hint of white pepper and autumn quince flavours coming through, leaving a smooth lingering finish.
"Beautifully ripe and elegantly expressed, the bouquet shows apricot, fig, lemon zest and white floral characters, leading to a wonderfully weighted palate that's delightfully textured and persistent. It's poised and attractively structured with a lengthy refreshing finish. At its best: now to 2023."
93 Points - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, March 2020