Aotea Nelson Brut Méthode Traditionnelle NV Sparkling White Wine – New Zealand
Our Aotea Méthode Traditionnelle is a very special wine.
Two parcels of fruit were hand picked at ideal ripeness for this classical Méthode Traditionnelle Cuvée. The Pinot Noir is from our Challies Vineyard while the Chardonnay comes from our Rabbit Island Vineyard. The blend is 52/48 Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The grapes were hand harvested during the cool early hours of the day and brought to the winery quickly for processing. The free-run juice from the press was cold settled overnight before being racked, warmed and inoculated. A smooth ferment progressed to dryness, followed by malolactic fermentation. The young wine was then prepared for bottle fermentation and aged on lees for an extended period. In January 2021 the wine was finished and it was released in May 2021.
Challies and Rabbit Island vineyards are adjacent to each other on Redwood Road. Soils are similar and predominantly silty sandy in nature with gravelly sub surface soils. The Challies block has bands of dry loam soil running through the northern part of the block. Roots go down deep through the gravelly soil to reach the water table below. h careful canopy management. The fruit was de-stemmed and pressed immediately after harvest and a cool fermentation was initiated in stainless steel tanks to retain the clean, fresh aromatic fruit characters.
The Aotea Méthode Traditionnelle is gorgeous in the glass with pale golden tinge and a fine mousse. The nose is toasty and nutty, with a hint of grapefruit. Palate entry is generous with layers of brioche, cinnamon, and citrus flavours.
“A blend of chardonnay and pinot noir with four years bottle age on the yeast lees. A crisp, fresh sparkling wine with lime, green apple and subtle brioche-like yeasty flavours.”
92 Points – Bob Campbell
92 Points – Bob Campbell MW, © The Real Review, therealreview.com
91 Points (4.5 Stars) – Sam Kim, Wine Orbit 2021
Nelson’s oldest wine estate celebrated its 40th anniversary in December 2015.
Seifried Estate, with its beautiful wooden building surrounded by more than 250 hectares of vineyards, was started by Austrian-born Hermann Seifried and his New Zealander wife Agnes in 1973, when they planted their first grapes in the Moutere Valley near Nelson. They made their first wine in 1976. Seifried Estate is a proud member of the SWNZ (Sustainable Winegrowing NZ).
Aotea represents a selection of wines which the Seifried winemaking team consider to be the very best of the best. The fruit is harvested from single vineyard Estate grown vines. The wines offer texture while maintaining the varietal character of the grape – wines with depth and finesse.
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