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Brightwater Vineyards 2017 Sophie’s Kiss Rosé and Pinot Gris

22 September,2017
Brightwater Vineyards was established in 1992 when Gary and Valley Neale planted 10 ha of vines near the village of Brightwater on the Hope Plains in Nelson. From the first wines in 1999, they have shown the quality that the Neales have aimed for, the wines winning many top awards in competitions and judgings. Dale Springer is the vineyard manager and Tony Southgate is the winemaker. Here, I review the new 2017 ‘Sophie’s Kiss’ Rosé, named after the Neales’ daughter, and the Pinot Gris.


Brightwater Vineyards ‘Sophie’s Kiss’ Nelson Rosé 2017

Rose from New Zealand – Nelson

Bright, pale cerise-pink with slight purple hues and some depth, lighter edged. The nose is fresh and bright with good depth and intensity of fragrant raspberries and cream aromas along with subtle floral lift and nuances of confectionary and fermentation esters. Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate has lively and fresh aromatic flavours of raspberries and cream, red florals and confectionary nuances, The mouthfeel is refreshing with lively and vibrant acidity that is quite mouthwatering, and the wine flows along a smooth line, leading to an elegant, lingering finish of raspberries and florals. This is a bright and lively refreshingly dry rosé with raspberries and cream, floral and lifted confectionary notes on a fine flowing palate. Serve as an aperitif, with dim sum and antipasto over the next 2 years, Pinot Noir fruit hand-picked and given 24 hours skin contact and indigenous yeast cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 13.5% alc. and 6 g/L RS, the wine spending a month on lees. 17.5+/20 Sep 2017 RRP $22.00

Brightwater Vineyards Nelson Pinot Gris 2017

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Nelson

Bright, light straw-yellow colour with slight green hues. The nose is soft and light with gently full aromas of white and yellow stonefruits along with hints of pears and exotic florals. This is well-proportioned and elegant in presentation. Medium-dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has gently rich flavours of white and yellow stonefruits entwined with floral and honey notes, The palate has a rounded mouthfeel with a light phenolic-textured thread to balance the fruit sweetness. The acidity is integrated enhancing the soft textures. The wine carries along a fine line with good body and presence, leading to an off-dry finish of stonefruits and honeysuckle. This is a gently rich, sweet-fruited medium-dry Pinot Gris with stonefruit, floral and honied flavours on a rounded palate with fine textures. Match with Asian fare over the next 3+ years. Hand-picked fruit, cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 13.0% alc. and 15 g/L RS, the wine aged 3 months on lees. 17.5/20 Sep 2017 RRP $22.00
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