The 2016 vintage was awarded 89 points and Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their July 2018 edition article on New Zealand Pinot Noir (see blue link below).
Pinot Noir, Old Coach Road, Seifried Estate 2016 - July 2018 Decanter review
The Old Coach Road brings together Pinot Noir from both of Seifried's Brightwater and Rabbit Island vineyards.
The Brightwater vineyard is situated 15 km from the coast and is sheltered from the south by the Richmond ranges. The ‘soil’ is a combination of rocks and boulders: very hard on the farm equipment but vital for holding the warmth of Nelson’s sun. The Rabbit Island vineyards are situated on a wide river flat. The soil is made up of gravelly sandy loam, which marks the sites of Maori kumara beds (sweet potato) prior to European settlement in the early 1800’s. The Maori transferred and spread fine gravel and sand over the land to provide suitable soils for their kumara plantings. Scrub was burned to give ash and charcoal which increased soil fertility and gave characteristic topsoil. This fertility is now considerably reduced due to modern farming. The soils are however, very sandy and free draining. The water table is relatively high ensuring adequate underground water.
The grapes were picked and then underwent a five day cold maceration period before being inoculated for fermentation. The cap was plunged 2-3 times daily during fermentation. A further 3-6 days of skin contact followed the fermentation period before the wine was drained to oak barrels for an immediate malolactic fermentation and ageing.
The 2016 Old Coach Road Pinot Noir is warm and varietal. Summer berry fruits, notes of plum and gentle savoury spices define the nose and palate. The wine has a long, warm generous finish that lasts on the palate.
This wine is suitable for vegans and vegetarians.