Brightwater Vineyards 2016 Lord Rutherford Sauvignon Blancs and 2015 Pinot Noir

16-May-2017
Gary and Valley Neale established Brightwater Vineyards in 1992 to make top-class New Zealand wine. Planting 10 ha of vines on an ancient river terrace overlooking the village of Brightwater on the Hope Plains just out of Nelson, they released their first wines from the 1999 vintage. In 2007, they launched their flagship tier ‘Lord Rutherford’, named after Ernest Rutherford who is regarded as the ‘father of nuclear physics’, born in Brightwater. .The Neales have Dale Springer as their vineyard manager and Tony Southgate as their winemaker. The wines have achieved considerable success in wine competitions, and are well-regarded. Here, I review the 2016 ‘Lord Rutherford’ Sauvignon Blanc and ‘Barrique’ Sauvignon Blanc, plus 2015 Pinot Noir. www.brightwaterwine.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Brightwater Vineyards ‘Lord Rutherford’ Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2016
  • Brightwater Vineyards ‘Lord Rutherford’ Nelson Barrique Sauvignon Blanc 2016
  • Brightwater Vineyards Nelson Pinot Noir 2015

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