91 Points (4.5 Stars) - Wine Orbit, August 2021
Vineyard: Seifried Edens Road and Brightwater Vineyards
Sugar at Harvest: 22.3°Brix
Date of Harvest: 27th March 2021
pH of Wine: 3.12
T.A of Wine: 6.0g/L
Residual Sugar: 1.4g/L
Suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans
The Edens Road and Brightwater vineyards are 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. These vineyards are 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.
2021 was another great season in the Nelson region, albeit very light yielding. The 2021 Seifried Nelson Grüner Veltliner is ripe and beautifully scented with tree ripened fig notes, white peach and hints of citrus blossoms. The palate is dry and generous with layers of soft succulent fruit, leaving a long lingering finish.