Using 100% Riesling fruit, the grapes were hand selected at the peak of ripeness with a large portion of the fruit shrivelled & raisined, caused by natural dehydration. The grapes were then gently pressed to release a very concentrated, intensely flavoured juice. Pure & powerful, the nose has mandarin peel & floral notes, while the palate is luscious with bright fruit balanced by natural acidity. Succulent fruit sweetness wraps around the crisp backbone leaving a long, exceptionally generous finish – the perfect way to finish a meal!
Double Gold – San Francisco International Wine Competition 2018
Gold – Japan Wine Challenge 2018
Silver – International Wine & Spirits Competition 2018
Silver – Decanter World Wine Awards 2019
With two hectares of land, Hermann & Agnes began the South Island’s modern commercial wine industry. They were true pioneers, experimenting with what classical European varieties may do well in this untested climate & 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 & Agnes chose for their new vineyards was perfect in terms of location. It is surrounded by mountains to the east, west & south (Richmond & Western Ranges) & the Tasman Sea to the north, which moderates the temperate climate throughout the year. The sunshine here was also a real drawcard, with an average of over 2,400 hours of sunshine a year, earning Nelson its reputation as the ‘Sunshine Capital of New Zealand’. 1976 was the first harvest with five distinctive varietal wines being made – Riesling, Sylvaner, Chardonnay, Müller-Thurgau & Refosco.
In 2014 Agnes and Hermann were recognised for their contribution to the New Zealand grape & wine industry by being inducted as Fellows of New Zealand Winegrowers, one of the New Zealand wine industry’s greatest acknowledgements. This was the first time in its history that a husband & wife team were recognised, & also the first time a woman has been honoured.
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 worldleading, particularly with Sauvignon Blanc & Pinot Noir, but also for Syrah, Grüner Veltliner & Riesling. Today Seifried farm over 250 hectares of vineyards, across nine sustainably-accredited vineyard locations scattered throughout the Nelson region, & all of their three children are actively involved in the business.