Brightwater Vineyards 2017 Riesling, Pinot Gris, and 2016 and 2015 Chardonnays


Brightwater Vineyards is one of the Nelson district’s high quality wine producers. Gary and Valley Neale established their venture when they planted 10 ha of vines near the village of Brightwater on the Hope Plains, releasing their first wines in 1999. Dale Springer tends the vines and the wines are made by Tony Southgate. The flagship ‘Lord Rutherford’ wines are named after nuclear physicist Ernest Rutherford who was born in Brightwater. The Brightwater Vineyard wines consistently show well in the wine judging circuit. Here I review the new release 2017 Riesling and two Sauvignon Blancs, as well as two Chardonnays, a 2016 and a 2015. www.brightwaterwine.co.nz


  • Brightwater Vineyards Nelson Riesling 2017
  • Brightwater Vineyards Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2017
  • Brightwater Vineyards ‘Lord Rutherford’ Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2017
  • Brightwater Vineyards Nelson Chardonnay 2016
  • Brightwater Vineyards ‘Lord Rutherford’ Nelson Barrique Chardonnay 2015

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