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Pioneers of Nelson winemaking, Hermann and Agnes Seifried planted their first vineyards in 1973. Today Seifried Estate is one of New Zealand’s leading family owned wineries.
The majority of the fruit in the Seifried Pinot Noir comes from their Rabbit Island Vineyards which are only about 1.5 km from the sea. The Pinot vines are now over twenty years old, and showing great maturity and depth of flavour in the fruit. The parcels of grapes were picked incrementally at the peak of flavour and phenolic ripeness, which occurred during April. The de-stemmed fruit had a three – five day cold maceration period before individual parcels were inoculated with selected yeasts for fermentation. Throughout fermentation plunging occurred twice daily and was tapered off to once daily during the five – six day post-fermentation maceration. The young wine was drained to new, one and two year old French barriques for malolactic fermentation and barrel ageing for 12 months.
The 2017 Seifried Nelson Pinot Noir is a nicely balanced wine with a nose showing ripe, sweet berry fruit characters alongside savoury undertones. The palate is broad and full with a spectrum of flavours and an appealing dried herb background. A lengthy finish lingers on the palate.