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89 Points - Allen Meadows’, ‘The Ultimate Burgundy Reference’ burghound.com®
Vineyard: Seifried Rabbit Island Vineyard
Sugar at Harvest: 23.4°Brix
Date of Harvest: Late March 2018
pH of Wine: 3.62
T.A of Wine: 5.8g/L
Our Rabbit Island vineyard is situated on a wide river flat. The soil is gravelly loam which is very sandy and free draining. These vineyards are about 1.5 kilometres from the sea which helps moderate temperatures.
The fruit in our 2018 Seifried Nelson Pinot Noir comes from our Rabbit Island vineyard where our Pinot Noir vines are over thirty years in age and are showing great maturity and depth of flavour. the parcels of grapes were picked incrementally in March 2018 at the peak of flavour and phenolic ripeness. The de-stemmed fruit had a brief cold maceration period before individual parcels were inoculated for fermentation. Throughout fermentation plunging occurred twice daily and was tapered off to once daily during the three day post-fermentation maceration. The young wine was drained to new, one and two year old French barriques for malolactic fermentation and barrel ageing. The wine was stabilised and bottled late 2018.
The 2018 Seifried Nelson Pinot Noir has layers of rich berry fruit and leather on the nose. The palate is ripe and Flavoursome with savoury coffee notes and gentle spice Flavours lingering on the palate.
“It is sweetly fragrant on the nose showing dark plum, spiced cherry, vanilla, game and roasted nut characters. The palate is juicy and beautifully rounded, displaying attractive fruit intensity backed by fine texture and polished tannins…”
87 points - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, January 2019