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New Zealand tasting notes

text and photographs © 2007 Tom Cannavan

These notes accompany our in-depth feature on New Zealand's South Island.


Seifried, Sauvignon Blanc 2005
Very punchy, nettle and grassy aromas, with a touch of asparagus. Lovely pear and ripe, apple and lime fruit. Lovely balance on the palate, with a good mouthfeel, Very good length and finesse.

Seifried, Pinot Gris 2005
Quite a fresh, crisp nose, lots of green, herbal tinges and plenty, of ripe, melon fruit. There's fine freshness. ON the palate there is a definite hint of sweetness, with plenty of cut and sweet crispness.

Seifried, Winemaker's Collection Riesling 2002
Lovely paraffin, kerosene and waxy notes. Masses of floral and lime aromas. Delightful, off-dry, Kabinett style, with

Seifried, Pinot Noir 2004
£9.99 Through Chalie Richard and Cheviot. (Alan Dawson) Very fine nose, with plenty of delightful, cherry and soft tobacco aromas. All hand-picked and sorted, fermented on skins and post-ferment, then 12 months in barrel, all French. Lovely notes of chocolate and some earthy notes. On the palate the oak sits on top of the fruit, and again this has nice mouthfeel. There's a silkiness, and good tight acid structure. Very fine, smooth, slightly chocolaty tannins.

Seifried, Syrah 2003
13%. Nice peppery quality here on the nose, with a touch of leafiness. All mechanically harvested. A week on skins, hand plunged. 12 - 14 months, 15% new French oak, rest 2 and 3. Quite nice schisty quality. Cracked pepper, plenty of silky, fresh fruit, raspberry and good juicy fruit on the palate. Cherry, Raspberry. Good fruit and length.

Seifried, Sylvia 2003
100% Zweigelt. Mechanically harvested, de-stemmed, not crushed, fermented on skins and 3 or 4 days pre-ferment soak. 10 days, skins for a week post-ferment. Really bright, crisp firm cherry and slightly raisiny. Very good fruit, with loads of red liquorice, red cherry and crisp edged, juicy fruit. Fine balance and length.

UK Agent: Chalié Richards, Tel: 0870 850 4405

for New Zealand South Island profiles, Seifried Estate