Vineyard: Seifried Edens Road Vineyard
Sugar at Harvest: 23.7°Brix
Date of Harvest: Early April 2019
pH of Wine: 3.48
T.A of Wine: 6.8g/L
Suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans: Yes
The 2019 Seifried Nelson Merlot comes from our Edens Road Vineyard. This vineyard is bordered by the Wairoa River and is notable for its exceptionally stony soil structure. The free draining soil is very harsh on our vineyard equipment, but vital for holding the warmth of the Nelson sun and for ripening grapes.
The fruit was harvested in early April 2019, and was fermented in stainless steel open top fermenters, over a two and a half week period. The fermenting grapes were plunged twice daily throughout fermentation to help extract colour, tannin and to build structure into the wine.
The young wine was drained to oak barrels immediately following primary fermentation to begin malolactic fermentation. It was aged in one, two and three year old French barriques for a period of one year.
The 2019 Seifried Nelson Merlot is from a small parcel of Merlot blended from this exceptional vintage in Nelson. We enjoyed a very hot, dry growing season which resulted in some outstanding parcels of fruit.
The Merlot is opulent on the nose with dark berries, plum and coffee aromas. The palate has layers of supple tannins and ripe fruits leading to a rich full wine.