2013 Seifried Estate Sauvignon Blanc Old Coach Road Nelson
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DM 91 points
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Seifried Estate 91 Points and Sharpening Kiwi Pencils in Nelson

If you travel to the southern island of New Zealand and make your way to the waterfront oasis of Nelson, plan to stay a while. Don't miss the kayaking or the open-water swimming. Summer days feature bright sunshine and turquoise skies, though the mercury rarely tops 80 degrees. At night, we sleep under comforters as the thermometer dips into the mid-40s.

In the rock-strewn vineyards of world-class Seifried Estate, the Sauvignon Blanc vines are stressed much as they are in the central Loire. With vines cleansed by the maritime breezes, berry size is small, the diurnal temperature shift infusing wines with Sancerre-like richness and crispness — helping to explain why this 2013 Old Coach Road brought the Decanter Magazine's Masters of Wine to their knees!

At the tasting table, we learned more about a 2013 growing season in Nelson that gave birth to one of the most critically acclaimed Kiwi Sauvignon Blancs of the vintage.

The spring of 2013 was dry and warm, making for a healthy fruit set. The summer too was dry but unusually cool. The maturation cycle slowed, stretching out the growing season. Seifried Estate is well known for the Sancerre-like vibrancy of its Sauvignon Blancs, but in 2013, due to the cool summer, the clusters would be left on the vine for a week longer than the norm, pushing the envelope on ripeness. At harvest, berry size was small. While sugars were modest, the Sauvignon Blanc was sweet and succulent while acids remained riveting.

The 2013 Seifried Estate Estate Sauvignon Blanc Old Coach Road is glistening pale-yellow to the rim, infused with pungent aromas of grapefruit, gooseberry, anise and white flowers. Bone-dry and bracing on the attack, with fine layers of ripe apple, pink grapefruit, nectarine and orchard pit, this superb Kiwi Sauvignon finishes with mouthwatering vibrancy and fine acid cut. Drink now-2018.



Tasting Notes

2013 Seifried Estate Sauvignon Blanc Old Coach Road Nelson
"The 2013 Seifried Estate Estate Sauvignon Blanc Old Coach Road is glistening pale-yellow to the rim, infused with pungent aromas of grapefruit, gooseberry, anise and white flowers. Bone-dry and bracing on the attack, with fine layers of ripe apple, pink grapefruit, nectarine and orchard pit, this superb Kiwi Sauvignon finishes with mouthwatering vibrancy and fine acid cut. Drink now-2018."
-- WineAccess Travel Log

"Starting rather muted on the nose, the Nelson power is on the blackcurrant and green apple fruit palate. The fruit is understated, but the juicy, sinewy quality hints that the wine will open and become richer. Drink 2014-2016"
91 points -- Decanter Magazine

 

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