Leah Pinot Noir is a blend from all three of Seresin’s vineyard sites and is named after Michael’s daughter Leah. The fruit is handpicked and completely destemmed before being fermented with wild yeast. 2012 was a cool year; there was some rain but not enough to cause trouble. Temperatures never really lifted so consequently the ripening was slow and the harvest was late, with low yields.
Seresin Estate's vineyards are farmed biodynamically and are certified by Demeter. Environmental management Biodynamic, certified by Demeter
The average age of the vines is 8 years with an average yield of 3 T/ha. Harvested by hand. The soil is a composition of Clay, Shingles, Waimakiriri
The bunchers are destemmed, pressed, fermented with wild yeasts. Maturation was for 11 months in French oak barriques of which 10% was new.
The Tatou vineyard is surrounded with olive trees and planted in Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. The 15 hectare property is located slightly west of the Noa vineyard in the Wairau Valley. The fruit from Tatou’s alluvial shingle soils produces very concentrated aromatic wines with structured tannins.
This is the largest of the three vineyards, and is located in the foothills of the Omaka Valley to the south of the Wairau Valley. The clay rich soils of the 51 hectare vineyard are ideal for growing Pinot Noir. The land is also planted with Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Viognier. Sheep and cattle herds are pastured here as well, making good use of the lush grass available in the areas unsuitable for growing vines.
Seresin wines are sourced from three vineyard sites, all of which are certified as Organic (Biogro) and Biodynamic (Demeter). The three vineyards have their own unique characters and produce fruit that adds to the complexity and interest.
The original vineyard is located in the central pocket of the Wairau Valley. Its 45 hectares are made up of alluvial, free-draining Waimakariri soils. The land is planted with Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, and Riesling. Olive groves, orchards, and vegetable gardens are an important part of the vineyard and add to the diversity of the Estate. The Noa vineyard is also home to the winery buildings, barrel hall and cellar door.
Seresin Estate lies in the sun-soaked heart of Marlborough at the top of New Zealand’s South Island, with vineyards spread across the warm stony Wairau Valley floor and up into the gentle clay slopes of the Omaka Valley to the South. The specially chosen sites are planted with Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir.
Organic agriculture has been a fundamental principle of Seresin Estate since its foundation in 1992. After practising organics for a number of years, it was a natural progression to move towards biodynamics, and the entire farm has been certified biodynamic since 2006. Seresin Estate was one of the first organic producers in New Zealand and remains the largest organic and biodynamic wine estate in the country. This pioneering spirit is at the heart of Seresin, not resting on our laurels, but always looking to improve.
The sentinel stone at the entrance to the Seresin Estate Cellar Door in Marlborough, New Zealand, signals the path to both the winery and their philosophy. The stone bears a subtle hand-print, a symbol of strength, gateway to the heart, tiller of the soil and the mark of the artisan.
Founded in 1992 by cinematographer Michael Seresin, Seresin Estate is farmed organically and operates under biodynamic principals. Seresin Estate encompasses not only the vines and olive groves, but also pasture land, livestock, vegetable gardens and orchards, as well as native vegetation.
Seresin Estate is a new world winery with an old world approach. Organically and biodynamically grown, hand-tendered and hand-picked, the grapes are hand-made into wines of passion, grace and spirit.
The wine exhibits bright, fragrant berry-fruit aromas, interlaced with spice and herbal notes. The wine is focused and concentrated, framed by fine-grained tannins and a mouth-watering acidity. An elegant and understated style with immediate appeal, but structure to last.
Situated in the heart of Marlborough, Seresin Estate is owned by Michael Seresin, the wine-besotted cinematographer who made his name photographing such movies as Angela’s Ashes, Midnight Express, Fame, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.