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Seifried Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Sauvignon Blanc from Nelson, New Zealand
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Winemaker Notes

The 2016 Seifried Sauvignon Blanc is lively and flavorsome. Nettle, gooseberry, and dried hops define the generous nose. Layers of varietal fruit and a zesty thread of minerally acid run the palate leaving a long, crisp finish.

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WW 92
Wilfred Wong of
Showing a complex mix of aromas and flavors, the excellent 2016 Seifried Sauvignon Blanc delivers an attractive combination of finely ripened core fruits, bright citrus, and savory spices. The wine's long and generous flavors pair it well with sautéed prawns in their shells accented with black pepper and dried tarragon leaves. (Tasted: May 4, 2017, San Francisco, CA)
WS 91
Wine Spectator
A lip-smacking mix of passion fruit, makrut lime leaf and ripe peach flavors. Vibrant and expressive, with plenty of intensity on the crisp, juicy finish.
TP 91
Tasting Panel
Lush and juicy with smooth texture and racy, fresh and spicy citrus and passion fruit; long and balanced.
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Seifried, Nelson, New Zealand
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The Seifried family have been making stylish food-friendly wines since 1976. The range includes rich full Chardonnays, fine floral Rieslings, lively herbaceous Sauvignon Blancs, warm plummy Pinot Noirs and when conditions are right, intensely delicious dessert wines.

Sun and blue skies all year round, nearby mountains (often snow capped), lakes, forests and beaches, the most beautiful winemaking region in New Zealand - this is Nelson. Still frosty winters, long dry summers, cool autumn nights combined with the highest sunshine hours in New Zealand - this is Nelson.

Pristine conditions, along with specially selected north facing vineyard sites, offer a range of soils from free draining gravels to heavy alluvial clays and a climate tailor-made for growing richly varietal, elegant wines.

Rolling hills evolve from a scenic coastline to form an ideal setting for Sauvignon Blanc vineyards. Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay rank in after New Zealand’s prized varietal as most widely planted in Nelson. The region is slightly cooler and has more precipitation on average compared to Marlborough.

Sauvignon Blanc

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A crisp, refreshing variety that equally reflects both terroir and varietal character, Sauvignon blanc is responsible for a vast array of wine styles. However, a couple of commonalities always exist—namely, zesty acidity and intense aromatics. The variety is of French provenance, and here is most important in Bordeaux and the Loire Valley. It also shines in New Zealand, California, Australia and parts of northeastern Italy. Chile and South Africa are excellent sources of high-quality, value-priced Sauvignon blanc.

In the Glass

From its homeland In Bordeaux, winemakers prefer to blend it with Sémillon to produce a softer, richer style. In the Loire Valley, it expresses citrus, flint and smoky flavors, especially from in Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume. Marlborough, New Zealand often produces a pungent and racy version, often reminiscent of cut grass, gooseberry and grapefruit. California produces fruity and rich oak-aged versions as well as snappy and fresh, Sauvignon blancs, which never see any oak.

Perfect Pairings

The freshness of Sauvignon Blanc’s flavor lends it to a range of light, summery dishes including salad, seafood and mild Asian cuisine. Sauvignon Blanc settles in comfortably at the table with notoriously difficult foods like artichokes or asparagus. When combined with Sémillon (and perhaps some oak), it can be paired with more complex seafood and chicken dishes.

Sommelier Secret

Along with Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc is the proud parent of Cabernet Sauvignon. That green bell pepper aroma that all three varieties share is no coincidence—it comes from a high concentration of pyrazines (an herbaceous aromatic compound) inherent to each member of the family.

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