Seresin’s incredible six-pack: 2007 Pinot Noirs

Biodynamic Marlborough (NZ) producer Seresin is making some pretty serious wine these days, and with this thrilling line-up of Pinot Noirs from the 2007 vintage, they’ve demonstrated that the Marlborough region deserves to be taken more seriously for this variety. It seems that in the right hands, Marlborough Pinot Noir can stand alongside top Pinots from Central Otago, Martinborough and Waipara. I was really excited by these wines: they’re all superb.

Seresin Rachel Pinot Noir 2007 Marlborough
14% alcohol. Wild yeast ferment, 40% new oak, spends 9 months in barrel. Dark, intense, brooding dark cherry, raspberry and blackberry nose with some meaty, spicy notes adding complexity, and some violet/floral notes adding perfume. The palate is focused and concentrated, with delicious savoury, spicy, mineral notes under the cherry and plum fruit. Rich but fresh with a subtle bitter twist and good acidity. Superb. 94/100

Seresin Leah Pinot Noir 2007 Marlborough
Three vineyards blended together, spending 11 months in French oak, of which 20% is new. 13.5% alcohol. Slightly murky: not clear. Beautfully balanced and focused with fresh, textured cherry fruit and a hint of spicy meatiness. There’s real elegance and purity to this wine, which is concentrated but well balanced. Plummy tang adding a hint of bitterness, which helps keep things savoury. This will likely age well. 93/100

Seresin Tatou Pinot Noir 2007 Marlborough
From deep gravel soils at the western end of the Wairau Valley. 50% new oak. 14% alcohol. Very fresh and savoury with lovely vivid dark cherry and raspberry nose, with some sweetness. The palate is very fresh with savoury raspberry, cherry and plum fruit back up by appealing herbal, mineral undertones. Real personality here. Quite structured with some chocolatey richness and olive notes. Perhaps even a bit Syrah-like? Quite serious. 93/100

Seresin Home Pinot Noir 2007 Marlborough
13.5% alcohol. From the home vineyard, 30% new oak. Lovely full aromatic nose of plums, raspberries and cherries with a hint of meatiness. The palate is concentrated and intense with sweet plum and cherry fruit, nice savoury meaty notes and some spiciness. A rich, concentrated Pinot Noir that’s quite serious. 93/100

Seresin Raupo Creek Pinot Noir 2007 Marlborough, New Zealand
14% alcohol, wild yeast ferment, 15 months in barrel, 40% new oak. Beautifully aromatic plum, dark cherry, meat and spice nose with a lovely floral character. Complex, deep and beguiling. The palate is focused and concentrated with lovely meaty, spicy, dark cherry and raspberry fruit. Finishes spicy with some citrussy acidity. Expressive and concentrated with a slight wildness to it. Exciting. 94/100

Seresin Sun & Moon Pinot Noir 2007 Marlborough
14.5% alcohol. Wild ferment, 80% Raupo Creek, 20% home vineyard. Beautifully aromatic with rich ripe cherry and plum nose, as well as a fine, spicy, meaty character, together with some delicately sappy notes and floral overtones. The palate is densely flavoured and yet still quite light in feel – a wonderful paradox. Lively cherry and raspberry fruit are backed up by good acidity and some fine spiciness. Beautiful precision to this wine. 95/100

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6 comments to Seresin’s incredible six-pack: 2007 Pinot Noirs

  • Most do not seem to be available in the UK

  • I’ve always like Seresin, but hadn’t realised they were now biodynamic. Do you know when that happened and who was the prime mover?
    Thanks!

  • Hi Keith,

    The Rachel, Leah & Raupo Creek are all available from us:
    http://www.armit.co.uk

    The volumes are very small of the others, but we are looking to get whatever we can!

    Caroline

  • michael Seresin

    We have been organic for 10 years or so , certified for a couple of years but working toward biodynamics, seriously for the last 4 years. It was my idea , but the work , passion & culture has been carried out by all the ‘ united nations’ of people we have working at the vineyard & in the winery .. they are all brilliant , devoted & passionate people , all 25 of them & our extended family of Tongan contractors too.All but two of the Pinot’ are available in the UK through Armit our distributor. However we make only one barrel of a couple of them.. so not a lot around , more soon I hope.

  • Matt

    Michael,

    I first came across seresin by accident. I wouldn’t generally have bought it but my daughter (Leah) had recently been born and it was to have a namesake wine to try. I didn’t expect to love the wine as much as I did (I have subsequently tried the rachel and a couple of the sav blancs, which are also great). Keep up the good work and really hoping to see some the currently unavailable pinots in the UK soon.

  • Thanks Caroline and Michael for answering those points.

    Michael, it was nice to chat to you at Pinot Noir 2010. Really like what you are doing with the wines.

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