Seresin’s pinot noir stunners

Seresin vineyards (Photo: Bob Campbell MW)

Seresin has just released three single vineyard pinot noir from 2013, their entry level ‘Leah’ Pinot Noir from 2014 and their flagship ‘Sun & Moon’ 2013 Pinot Noir, which is also technically a single vineyard wine from the clay-rich Raupo vineyard in the Omaka Valley.

2014 Seresin Leah Pinot Noir is predominantly made from grapes grown in their Raupo Creek vineyard, with a little contribution from the Noa and Tatou vineyards. The biodynamically-grown grapes were destemmed and the wine fermented using wild yeasts before 11 months barrel maturation. The result is a fairly sophisticated entry level wine that I believe offers good value. (NZD $35)

The 2013 Seresin Raupo Creek Pinot Noir hails from lower-yielding vines on a north-facing slope of clay-based soils which, after similar winemaking techniques are applied, produces a riper and more concentrated wine than Leah Pinot Noir. (NZD $65)

2013 Seresin Tatou Pinot Noir is from stony, free-draining soils which gives a spicier, more aromatic and silken-textured Pinot Noir with charm and appealing purity. (NZD $85)

The 2013 Seresin Noa Pinot Noir was also grown in a free-draining mix of fine silts and gravels to produce a wine that is, like Seresin Tatou Pinot Noir, scented and supple but with serious underlying power. (NZD $95)

Most impressive of all was 2013 Seresin Sun & Moon Pinot Noir, the winery’s signature wine that is only produced in exceptional vintages. From the clay-rich Raupo vineyard, which in 2013 yielded just two tonnes per hectare. It’s a subtle yet powerful pinot noir with a “peacock’s tail” of complex flavours on its lengthy finish. It’s a wine with serious cellaring potential. (NZD $130)

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