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Silver: Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2014, NZ
Vineyard: Seifried Brightwater Vineyard
Sugar at Harvest: 23.2°Brix
Date of Harvest: 24 April 2013
pH of Wine: 3.52
T.A of Wine: 5.9g/L
Suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans: Yes
Our Brightwater 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 for ripening the Zweigelt grapes.
Sylvia is made from Zweigelt, a grape variety originating from Hermann’s homeland of Austria. The Zweigelt vines were fourteen years old when the fruit for the 2013 Sylvia was picked ~ full round berries and bunches, with rich purple skin and intense fruit flavours.
The grapes were de-stemmed and fermented on their skins, and hand plunged three times a day. Following fermentation, the wine was gently pressed from the skins and transferred to a mixture of new and three year old French oak barriques. The wine underwent malolactic fermentation and remained in barrel for 8 months. The wine was racked from the barrel in January 2014 and bottled in February 2014.
The 2013 Zweigelt is juicy and flavoursome with vibrant dark cherry and boysenberry characters coming through on the nose and palate. There is a hint of savoury dried herbs and a fine oak background on the palate to compliment bright fruit notes, leaving a long succulent finish.