Vineyard: Seifried Rabbit Island and Brightwater Vineyards
Sugar at Harvest: 23.5°Brix
Date of Harvest: Mid - late March 2022
pH of Wine: 3.52
T.A of Wine: 6.1g/L
Suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans: Yes
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.
Our 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 to 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 the Pinot Noir grapes.
The fruit in our 2022 Seifried Nelson Pinot Noir comes from both our Rabbit Island and Brightwater vineyards where our Pinot Noir vines are well over thirty years in age and are showing great maturity and depth of flavour. Parcels of fruit were picked incrementally in March 2022 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 as the fermentation finished. 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 September 2023.
The 2022 Seifried Nelson Pinot Noir is varietal on the nose with cinnamon stick, cedar and raspberry characters. The palate is smooth, supple and gentle with restrained berry fruits and gentle savoury oak spice notes, leaving a long generous finish on the palate.