Seifried Estate Gewürztraminer 2021
New Zealand / Nelson
Andy's Tasting Notes
Floral, light and delicate with classic exotic hints of lychee, ginger, rosewater and Turkish Delight.
Off-dry with delightful aromatic spicy hints of clove and nutmeg. Lovely concentration yet so poised.
An excellent aperitif with a bag of prawn crackers!
Producer notes – vineyards: 2021 was an unbelievably light vintage in Nelson. Our Gewürztraminer yields were down 40 – 50% in the Nelson region due to a spring frost, poor December flowering and then the Boxing Day hailstorm which hit our region. Gewürztraminer is particularly light yielding even in a “good” year, so 2021 delivers a very small volume but top notch wine.
The unirrigated Redwood Valley vineyard is situated on a gently sloping, north facing clay site; the vines range in age from 10 to 30 years. Vertical shoot positioning helps to expose the berries to sunlight, thus getting maximum intensity and optimal ripeness. The 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. Thee ‘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 our Gewürztraminer grapes.
Price per bottle £14.95 £13.30
Since Hermann Seifried and his New Zealand wife Agnes first planted grapes in the Moutere Valley near Nelson, Seifried has grown to become one of New Zealand’s most sustainable family-owned wineries
With 14 vinifera varieties, on two hectares of land, they began the South Island’s modern commercial wine industry. Hermann and Agnes were true pioneers, experimenting with what classical European varieties may do well in this untested climate and terroir. Today it has grown from very modest beginnings to become one of New Zealand’s most sustainable wineries, producing the very best Nelson has to offer. The site that Herman and Agnes chose for their new vineyards was perfect in terms of location. It is surrounded by mountains to the east, west and south (Richmond and Western Ranges) and the Tasman Sea to the north, which moderates the temperate climate throughout the year. The sunshine here was also a real draw-card, with an average of over 2,400 hours of sunshine a year, earning Nelson its reputation as the ‘Sunshine Capital of New Zealand’.
In 2016 the winery celebrated 40 years since the first harvest. The last four decades have seen significant change, with the New Zealand industry now recognised as world leading, particularly with Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, but also for Syrah, Grüner Veltliner and Riesling. Today Seifried farm over 250 hectares of vineyards, across nine sustainably-accredited vineyard locations scattered throughout the Nelson region, and all of their three children are actively involved in the business.
Food matchHeavenly with spicy Oriental dishes