Some new release Pinots from Seresin

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Some new release Pinots from Seresin

Biodynamic producer Seresin are one of the most interesting in Marlborough. Winemaker Clive Dougall is thoughtful and produces a range of wines that’s quite distinctive, and not typically Marlborough in style (in the best way). I always find the Pinot Noirs really interesting: they have savoury detail to them, and aren’t just about upfront fruit. Here are some recent release Pinots, recently tasted. My limited experience is that these wines age pretty well, too.


Seresin Tautou Pinot Noir 2013 Marlborough, New Zealand
13.5% alcohol. From deep gravel soils at the western end of the Wairau Valley. 18 months if French oak, 20% new. Complex and savoury with some cedary, spicy notes as well as cherry and raspberry fruit. Quite tannic and grippy with some firmness, but also appealing sweet fruit, in a nice tension. There’s something quite grown up about this wine, which combines fruit and non-fruit characters very successfully. 94/100

Seresin Raupo Creek Pinot Noir 2013 Marlborough, New Zealand
13.5% alcohol. From a single vineyard on clay slopes in the Omaka valley. 18 months in oak, 20% new. Complex, dense and spicy with hints of tar and pepper, as well as gritty cherry and raspberry fruit. This is quite structured and savoury, and it’s delicious. But it’s not typical Kiwi Pinot: it has edges and some real grip. Should develop nicely. 93/100


Seresin Noa Pinot Noir 2013 Marlborough, New Zealand
13.5% alcohol. Mixed shingle and silty loam soils. Natural fermentation in French oak, 20% new, for 18 months. Sweet, spicy black fruits with a savoury, herb-tinged, tarry edge. Fresh and focused with nice balance and grip. A complex, thought-provoking wine. Grippy, tarry and detailed. 93/100

Seresin Rachel Pinot Noir 2013 Marlborough, New Zealand
13.5% alcohol. 12 months in French oak, 20% new. There’s a lovely brightness to the floral cherry and plum fruit. Supple and sappy with a lovely savoury, grainy edge to the detailed, spicy cherry fruit. This has depth, some maturity, and lovely juicy freshness. There’s a sour cherry/cherry pit character here that’s very appealing. 93/100

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