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Discovering Nelson

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Nelson

Nelson is an attractive town that lies at the top of the South Island, a two hour drive from Marlborough. The town is the gateway to the popular Abel Tasman National Park and the Kahurangi National Park, which provide excellent hiking trails and nature walks. Unfortunately Nelson has been largely overlooked as a wine growing region as Marlborough dominated the industry. With only 3% of the country’s plantings, Nelson is miniscule in comparison to its neighbouring region, but the last 20 years has seen a steady increase in plantings as land in Marlborough became scarce, and the local economy realised that vineyards were more profitable than orchards.

Nelson has a unique topography which sees it enveloped by mountain ranges to the west, south and east. These ranges protect the sites from the prevailing westerly winds, moderating the temperature and providing a calm climate in comparison to most other regions within New Zealand. Nelson is among New Zealand’s wettest and warmest regions.

The two sub-regions within Nelson are the Waimea Plains and Upper Moutere hill country. The Plains have similar attributes to that of Marlborough, although the gravelly silt loams have a higher clay content, providing good water retention and a core minerality ensuring light, fresh and aromatic wines. The heavier gravel-threaded clay-based soils of the Upper Moutere hill country produce rich and complex wines with great texture. Nelson will likely remain boutique due to the lack of growing areas and isolation from transport centres.

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Wines from this region

  • Taste
    Unoaked Chardonnay! Bright & fresh with white peach, apricot & fresh cut flowers
    Eat
    Sushi - Sashimi
    Why
    Fun alternative to Sauvignon Blanc
    Seifried Estate Unoaked Chardonnay Old Coach Road New Zealand Wine Nelson

    2015 Seifried Unoaked Chardonnay Chardonnay Nelson

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  • Taste
    Beautifully scented characters of rose petal, toffee apple & candied ginger. Well proportioned with natural fruit sweetness, floral flavours & gentle spice. Generous finish on the palate
    Eat
    Laska with shrimps
    Why
    Well-rounded Gewürztraminer
    Seifried Estate Gewurztraminer New Zealand Wine

    2015 Seifried Gewürztraminer Nelson

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  • Taste
    Delicate floral & slate aromas, soft, pear & white pepper notes. Fine textured phenolics define the long palate
    Eat
    Wiener Schnitzel, obviously
    Why
    Famous Austrian grape
    Seifried New Zealand Wine Nelson Gruner Veltliner

    2016 Seifried Grüner Veltliner Nelson

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  • Taste
    Ripe fruit elements with bright grapefruit & tropical melon are alongside crisp nettle & hints of blackcurrant. Well balanced natural acidity
    Eat
    Sushi
    Why
    Young & bright
    Seifried Estate, Aotea, Sauvignon Blanc, 2016

    2016 Seifried Aotea Sauvignon Blanc Nelson

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  • Taste
    Juicy & flavoursome with vibrant dark cherry & boysenberry characteristics. Hints of savoury dried herbs compliment bright fruit notes leaving a long, succulent finish
    Eat
    Melon & ham canapé
    Why
    Uniqueness
    New Zealand Wine Seifried Zeigelt Nelson

    2013 Seifried Zweigelt Nelson

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  • Taste
    Ripe, rich & juicy. Floral notes meet frangipani & passionfruit. Long mineral, structured finish
    Eat
    Grilled Asparagus with goats cheese soufflè
    Why
    Sauvignon Blanc for grown ups
    Neudorf Sauvignon Blanc Nelson New Zealand Wine

    2015 Neudorf Sauvignon Blanc Nelson

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  • Taste
    Ripe fruits with muesli notes & a lean, citrussy palate. Medium weight, crisp & excellently complex
    Eat
    Scallops & buerre blanc
    Why
    The cool Moutere climate helps retain acidity
    Neudorf, Rosie's Block, Chardonnay, 2015

    2015 Neudorf Rosie's Block Chardonnay Nelson

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  • Taste
    Berries, toasted wood & hay. Intensely concentrated with silky tannins & phenomenal balance
    Eat
    Lamb brushed with olive oil, rosemary
    Why
    Complex & thrilling
    Neudorf, Tom's Block, Pinot Noir, 2014

    2014 Neudorf Tom's Block Pinot Noir Nelson

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  • Taste
    Powerful fruit, dense but youthful, black doris plums & a spicy finish. Savoury, earthy nuance & florals
    Eat
    Grilled Rabbit with mushrooms, truffle oil
    Why
    Rosie's Mum & Dad
    Neudorf, Moutere, Pinot Noir, 2013

    2013 Neudorf Moutere Pinot Noir Nelson

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  • Taste
    Core mineral strength. Rich, firm & finishing with refreshing acidity. Grapefruit pith, white peaches, biscuits & fresh hazelnuts
    Eat
    Fresh, BBQ'd Scampi Tails
    Why
    Well integrated & harmonious
    Neudorf Moutere Chardonnay Nelson New Zealand Wine

    2013 Neudorf Moutere Chardonnay Nelson

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