95 Points – Bob Campbell
Luscious, mellow Riesling with honey, apricot, mango and exotic wild flower flavours. Still quite fresh and probably offering optimal drinking now although the wine should continue to drink well for a few years yet. Intense with a lingering finish. Very classy Riesling in a medium/sweet style.
Bob Campbell on Feb 17th, 2015
Seresin is undoubtedly one of New Zealand’s leading wine estates. From its inception more than 20 years ago it has always been on the cutting edge of production with a focus on truly individual vine growing and winemaking by eschewing the likes of mechanical harvesters and chemical sprays. This is echoed in the estate’s powerful symbol of the hand gracing every bottle; a testament to the artisan nature of this traditional style of winemaking. Leading cinematographer, Michael Seresin founded the property in 1992 with the first vintage recorded in 1996. Now with 150ha under vine it farms both organically and biodynamically in Marlborough’s Omaka and Wairau Valleys. Certification for its organic and biodynamic status has been won from BioGro New Zealand and Demeter, respectively. These are notoriously difficult to obtain – feats reflecting the irreproachable commitment to quality by Seresin himself as well as Colin Ross, Estate Manager and Clive Dougall, Winemaker.
The estate’s efforts focus on Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc but these are complemented by other varietal wines such as Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris and Riesling. The grapes for all of the estate wines are hand harvested and rigorously sorted by hand before being pressed. Bursting with outstanding fruit purity and length on the palate they have won accolades from leading wine writers around the globe, Jancis Robinson in particular.
New Zealand is split between the North Island and South Island and the Marlborough region is situated in the North of the South Island. The climate here is the hottest in the country meaning that this wine producing region is expanding quickly. Of course, Sauvignon Blanc does well here and is increasingly becoming more and more popular due to its naturally herbaceous character and lean and refreshing style much loved by Western wine drinkers. Wineries Greywacke and Dog Point both have delicious Sauvignon Blanc wines with typical Marlborough characteristics. Red wines, mainly Pinot Noir also grow well in this region and an excellent example of a Pinot Noir from this area is the Akitu Pinot Noir which comes highly recommended from Vinorium staff!
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