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New Zealand, Nelson


Seifried Zweigelt 2014

Seifried Zweigelt 2014 lovely expression of this unique varietal

Tasting Notes

August 2015
Only 50 cases came to the US market of this wine out of the total of 200 cases that were produced. Zweigelt is a varietal that is native to Herman Siefried’s homeland of Austria. There are only a little over 2 acres planted to this varietal in New Zealand with Seifried being the sole proprietor. Cuttings were brought back from Austria in the early 1990’s and after a four year stint in quarantine and then nursery propagation; the first vines were planted in 1999 at the family’s Brightwater vineyard. This vineyard sits about 15 miles inland from the coast and is sheltered by the Richmond Ranges. The soils are quite stony and rocky in the vineyard, which gives good heat retention, and along with its sheltered position allows the grapes to ripen properly.
This has lovely fruit and vibrancy with an engaging aromatic profile that offers up boysenberry, blueberry and black cherry tones overlaid with a light dusting of allspice on the nose. Medium bodied and juicy, there’s a touch of earthiness that pushes up through the lightly spiced blue and red fruits on the finish. The tannins are quite refined, almost powdery which leads to a dry, lingering finish. With some extra bottle age this will gain some flesh and broaden out across the mid palate. This should develop nicely over the next six to twelve months and drink well for a year or two after that.

Winemaker Notes

The 2014 Zweigelt shows ripe warm characters. The nose has succulent berry fruit notes, opening to broad mid-weight berries on the palate. Well integrated spicy, French oak compliments palate weight and a long finish.

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Chemical Analysis




13.5% alcohol by volume



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