(2021) From Nelson at the top of the South Island, this is fermented with wild yeast and spent 10 months in French oak, 20% new. Pleasing, pale garnet colour, and warming aromas with vanilla melting into summer red fruits, but there is depth too, a little briar or chestnut perhaps. In the mouth a lovely Pinot, filled with well-tempered and gently earthy fruit, and though there's tobacco and more vanilla, the firm edge of the tannins and crispness of the acidity give lovely balance.
(2021) From vineyards six kilometeres from the ocean, this is certified organic and comes from clay and gravel soils. It spends 12 months in French barriques, only 8% new, after fermentation with wild yeasts, and it goes through full malolactic. Quite a quiet, understated nose here, creamy ripe apple and pear, the merest touch of flint in the background. In the mouth an intense, concentrated wine in terms of both texture and flavour, a lot of salty, racing mineral acidity drives it at this stage, staying taut and linear. Should be better in a couple of years too.
(2020) From Nelson. Fermented in barriques. Creamy oak and slatey, flinty components to the fore. The fruit is sweet and ripe, but has a great thrust of lemon zest. Grapefruity and vibrant. No Uk stockists at time of review.
(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) A wine I always enjoy, and this 2016 vintage is a good one, 175g/l of residual sugar putting it fully in the dessert wine category. Made from late-harvested grapes and made in steel tanks, its a pristine style, though laden with honey, glycerine and nectarine fruit. On the palate it has richness of texture without being 'sticky', and real intensity: there's keen acidity at the core to ensure that, put the lush tropical and very ripe pear fruit flows towards the finish impressively. Price for a half bottle. For more information, please watch the video.
(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.
(2016) Named after Anges Seifried, this is a gorgeous dessert wine, fully luscious and sweet with 172g/l of residual sugar. The grapes were hand selected in several passes through the vineyard, including fruit shriveled and raisined by natural dehydration. There's that fat waxiness of ripe Riesling, a candied fruit quality, and plenty guava and lychee-like exoticism too. A big limey core of acidity keeps things fresh on the palate, despite the slippery glycerine texture and full on peach and mango sweetness. A lovely wine, long, composed and full of sweet flavour.
(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.