Seresin Estate

Owner(s) Michael Seresin
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Seresin Estate produces a variety of wines from organically and biodynamically farmed estate vineyards located in Marlborough including Home Vineyard and Tatou Vineyard in Wairau Valley and Raupo Creek Vineyard in Omaka Valley. All three estate vineyards are farmed organically and biodynamically. The winery and cellar door are located on the Home Vineyard property. The winery was founded in 1992 by Michael Seresin who chose the hand as the winery’s logo to symbolize the mark of the artisan, and the first wine was produced from the 1996 vintage. Varietals produced include Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Noir.

Long time winemaker Brian Bicknell left in 2006 to start his own label, Mahi. Winemaker Clive Dougall and estate vineyard manager Colin Ross joined the winery at that time.

Imported by Sorting Table, LLC, Napa, California. As of May 1, 2010, only 25 cases of Raupo Creek and Rachel are available in the United States. 150 cases total of Sun & Moon were produced and none has been exported as yet. A second label, Momo, are entry-level priced and are made with organic fruit as well. The Momo Marlborough Pinot Noir offers great value.

A side note: New Zealand is the world’s largest users of screw cap closures. The screw caps on the Seresin Estate bottles are very cool looking and as you unscrew the cap, an audible pop is produced at the end, similar to the pop heard when a cork is pulled.

All the Seresin Pinot Noirs are very dark in color with moderately firm tannins, plenty of fleshy fruit and bright acidity. They are very Caliesque in style. The fruit is de-stemmed, cold soaked, and fermentation started with wild yeast. Punch downs are done by hand daily. The wine is left on the skins for two weeks for post ferment maceration (a total of three and half weeks of skin contact). The wines are lightly pressed, barreled for natural MLF and matured in 40% new French oak for 15 months. The Sun & Moon was aged 11 months in French oak, and then blended and transferred to new oak puncheons for 6 more months. All wines were bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Reviewed Wines

2007 Seresin Estate Leah Marlborough New Zealand Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., $29, screw cap. Imported by The Sorting Table, LLC, Napa, CA. A blend of vineyards. Fermented with wild yeast, aged 11 months in French oak barrels, bottled unfiltered. · Moderately dark reddish-purple robe in the glass. Deep and haunting perfume of black raspberries, cedar, sap, oak and cigar box. Earthy, sweet dark fruit core with added interest from cassis, mushroom, plum sauce and tobacco flavors. Well-muscled with firm tannins which are buffered by bright acidity. Good. Reviewed November 7, 2010 ARTICLE »

2007 Seresin Raupo Creek Vineyard Marlborough New Zealand Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., pH 3.72, screw cap, $45. From a close-planted single vineyard in Omaka Valley with each vine thinned to one bunch per shoot. Clones 115, 777, and 10/5. · The savory nose improves over time in the glass offering scents of dark red fruits, Middle Eastern spices and oak. Dark red cherries and berries are overshadowed by tannins on the finish now. Smoothly textured with noticeable oak in the background and a citrus peel lift on the finish. Will benefit from decanting now. Good. Reviewed April 23, 2010 ARTICLE »

2007 Seresin Rachel Limited Release Marlborough New Zealand Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., pH 3.68, screw cap, $60. Sourced from Raupo Creek Vineyard. Clones 115, 777 and 10/5. · This Big Boy is deep, dark and intensely fruity. Perfume of plums, blackberries, peppery spice, herbs and oak char. A fruit bomb that attacks the palate with a vengeance filling every crevice with jammy blueberry, blackberry and plum fruit. Silky with fine-grain tannins and some persistence on the fruit-filled finish. The massive fruit is pulled into line with fine acidity. Very good for this style. Reviewed April 23, 2010 ARTICLE »

2007 Seresin Sun & Moon Marlborough New Zealand Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., pH 3.64, 70 cases, $60 (Est.), screw cap). 80% Raupo Creek Vineyard, 20% Home Vineyard. · Terrific aromatic interest sporting dark berries especially black raspberries, and black cherries, rose tea, oak spice and vanillin. I wanted to go on sniffing this one. Moderately rich and very tasty with flavors of plums, dark berries and toast. Smooth as a baby’s bottom in the mouth with moderate tannins and bright acidity in perfect harmony. There is a pleasing persistence of a citrus note on the finish. The impeccable balance predicts long term aging potential. Reviewed April 23, 2010 ARTICLE »

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