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(2019) The secret to the low 9.5% alcohol in this wine is early picking of the fruit from Seifried's Nelson vineyards, though in fact the result is a Sauvignon more in the tropical spectrum than the grassy, which somewhat surprises. It does have a touch of residual sugar (5.6g/l) but that's not un-typical for commercial kiwi Sauvignon, with fresh elderflower and passion fruit aromatics, and a burst of peach and sherbet in the mouth, a mango note, and that flattering touch of sweetness against the good, pink grapefruit acidity. Well done.
(2017) From Nelson on the northern coast of the South Island, this is a particularly punchy and vibrant Grüner Veltliner, with lots of pronounced lychee, mango and a touch of Turkish delight, an almost Gewürztraminer perfume with a ripe peach underlay. In the mouth it is weighty and viscose despite only 12% abv, with loads of that peach and nectarine succulence and ripeness, but a dry, pithy lemon finish. A singular style, and a good one.
(2017) A particularly nice Sauvignon Blanc this from the Seifried family of Nelson, on the northern tip of the South Island. Bursting with grapefruit, passion fruit and gooseberry, there's a touch of elderflower, but no real 'green' character. That ripeness continues onto the palate, lots of peach and nectarine, but that zesty, fresh grapefruit zing of acidity powers the finish to a pleasing dryiness. Very nicely done. Price is around £12 - £14, but UK stockists at time of review are still on the 2015 vintage.
(2015) >From the vineyards of Nelson on the South Island, this is a Gru-V in the firmly approachable style, its 9.6 g/l of residual sugar offsetting its vibrant acidity very nicely. Quite open, slightly vegetal in character, with a touch of pepper and otherwise fresh citrus aromas. The palate has a searing core of pithy citrus and certain salty minerality, though there is a quite honeyed, ripe and full fruit overlaid, tinges with nectarine and pineapple into that basically dry finish. Full of flavour.
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