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Seresin Estate

85 Bedford Rd, RD1, Renwick, 7271

Cellar Door: Daily (10-4.30)

Ph: +64 3 572 9408

Seresin was established in 1992 by New Zealand born but London based filmmaker Michael Seresin (Harry Potter, Fame, Angela’s Ashes).

Inspired by his first glass of Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc he bought 167 acres in the Marlborough region in 1992 and later hired globe trotting wine-maker Brian Bicknell (who now runs the Mahi brand).

Clive Douglas, the former assistant wine-maker at Canterbury’s Pegasus Bay, is now the wine-maker.

The three vineyards are certified organic and are moving towards full bio-dynanamic registration.

The varieties grown here are: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Gewürztraminer and Riesling. There is a second MOMO range.

Filmaker and Seresin founder, Michael Seresin

Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

Seresin Estate Sun & Moon Pinot Noir 2012

Purchased: Not ($A125)

Drink: 2024

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2016, biodynamic, 115, 777 and 10/5 clones, small parcel from the Raupo Creek vineyard, no fining to filtration,  focused and forest red cherry and blackberry with violet florals, supple and earthy with herbal gaminess emerging, vibrant acidity with persistent, powdery tannins, very good length (****1/2)  

Seresin Estate Rachel Pinot Noir 2012

Purchased: Not ($A52)

Drink: 2022

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2016, 115, 667, 777 and 10/5  clone, biodynamic, from a cold vintage, supple and foresty black cherry and raspberry with some dried thyme and mushroom notes, quite earthy with fresh orange peel acidity, slinky tannins and good length (****)

Seresin Estate Chiaroscuro 2012

Purchased:  Not ($NZ65)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2015, floral blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Viognier, tangy lime, white peach and meyer lemon with gingery spices and orange blossom florals, slightly waxy palate with tingly orange peel acidity and fine phenolics, nicely balance (****1/2)

Seresin Estate Marama Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Purchased:  Not ($NZ40)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2015, this is the heavily oaked Fume Blanc, waxy lemon sherbet, lime and roast capsicum with plenty of gunflint and charry oak notes, minerally undercarriage with crunchy grapefruit acidity (****)

Seresin Estate Tatou Pinot Noir 2012

Purchased:  Not ($NZ88)

Drink: 2019

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2015, fragrant and concentrated black cherry and plums with hints of nettles, thyme and sarsparilla, medium-full bodied and earthy palate has a core of succulent fruit, slaty finish with fine tannins (****)

Seresin Estate Sun and Moon Pinot Noir 2010

Purchased: Not ($A130/$NZ135)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2013, their premium release, bright violet florals, tight, concentrated and firmish palate showing glazed cherry and redcurrants with herbal game, dark earth and anise complexity, long, linear and medium bodied with grainy, savoury tannins and vibrant acidity, balanced cinnamon-sandalwood oak, needs time to unfold (****1/2)

Seresin Estate Rachel Pinot Noir 2010

Purchased: Not ($A60/$NZ50)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2013, 115, 777, 5 and 667 clones, no fining or filtering, concentrated and fairly intense red and black cherries with forest floor and dark soil earthiness, there is a dusting of garden herbs and a touch of mint, violet florals with flat sarsparilla on the back palate, fresh orange peel edged acidity and persistent, grainy tannins (****)

Seresin Estate Leah Pinot Noir 2010

Purchased: Not ($A36/$NZ30)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2013, multi-clonal from 3 vineyards, destemmed, no fining or filtering, smooth, foresty and supple raspberry and black cherry with some strawberry and thyme nuances, earthy and medium bodied with toasty cinnamon oak spices and fine tannic grip, a tad too oaky (****)

Seresin Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2010

Purchased: Cellarbrations, St. Kilda ($A25)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2012, wild yeast ferment, has 6% Semillon, 10% barrel aged, vibrant, concentrated and viscous lychee, nectarine and lime with honeysuckle and pineapple notes, finishes dry and savoury with dusty phenolics, good persistence, pushing the stylistic envelope (****)

Seresin Chiaroscuro 2009

Purchased: Not

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2011, quixotic medium bodied blend of Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Gris, fermented in French puncheons, floral citrus blossom nose, buttery pear and nectarine with ginger and brown spice notes, quite long and shapely with lingering chalky citrus acids on the bone-dry savoury finish, manages to combine the best elements of the three varieties without one element overpowering the rest, well judged balancing act, the 14% alcohol seems a touch high for NZ whites (****)

Seresin Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2008

Purchased: Not ($A46/$NZ38)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2010, whole bunch pressed with natural malo, more intense flavours than the standard but a similar lemon/peach/melon/matchstick flavour profile, savoury and textural with penetrating grapefruit acidity, balanced toasty malt-almond oak, excellent line and length (****1/2)

Seresin Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Purchased: Not ($A28/$NZ26)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2010, not your typical Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, wild yeast fermented with 5% Semillon, chalky and moderately intense melon, lime and stonefruit, light barrel ferment and lees creaminess, quite dry without any regional grassy pungency, zest citrus acids, good line and length (****)

Seresin Estate Chardonnay 2008

Purchased: Not ($A32/$NZ28)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2010, 5 clones, whole bunch pressed with some natural malo, no fining, slightly viscous lemon rind, white peach and melon with brioche and flint notes, textured and minerally palate with toasty malt-almond oak with lively grapefruit acidity (****)

Seresin Estate Marama Sauvignon Blanc 2007

Purchased: Prince Wine Store, St Kilda on discount for $29 but normal ($A45/$NZ40)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2010, even more atypical than the standard Sauvignon Blanc, 100% malolactic fermentation, lush and viscous granny smith apple, lychee and a touch of pineapple with savoury lees and underlying textural complexity, 25% new oak puts this in Fume Blanc territory, as you can see its quirky enough to get me buying Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc again (****)

Seresin Estate Rachel Reserve Pinot Noir 2007

Purchased: Not ($A55/$NZ57)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2010, 117, 777 and 10/5 clones, vibrant black cherry and boysenberry with pronounced pepperiness, medium-full bodied palate has more focussed intensity than the Leah and shares the nervy acidity, bedrock of fine grained tannins leads to charry oak, very good length and drive (****)

Seresin Estate Leah Pinot Noir 2008

Purchased: Not ($A40/$NZ36)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2010, sweet and brambly entry showing raspberry and strawberry with touches of leather and rose petal, medium bodied palate tightens up and is driven by some vibrant, nervy acidity, smoky mocha-cedar oak and persistent fine grained tannins, earliest drinking of the trio of Pinot Noirs (***1/2)

Seresin Estate Pinot Gris 2008

Purchased: Not ($A32/$NZ29)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2010, very much in the fuller Alsatian style with the 14.5% alcohol reflecting its body weight, barrel fermented granny smith apple and pear with matchstick and smoked oak notes, the rich palate also shows some ripe lychee, honeysuckle and leesy bread aspect, dry finish but could do with some more length and drive (***1/2)

Seresin Estate Raupo Creek Pinot Noir 2006

Purchased: Not ($A55/$NZ50)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2010, not as intense as the Rachel perhaps reflecting the extra bottle age, supple raspberry and plum with dried thyme, leather and pine needle aspects, the medium bodied palate has the most savoury complexity of the trio of Pinot Noirs and vibrant stemmy acidity, charry French oak, will be interesting to see if all these elements resolve themselves (***1/2)

Seresin Raupo Creek Pinot Noir 2008

Purchased: Not ($A55)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2009, unfined, unfiltered, bright and open raspberry, plum and cherry, plenty of peppery spices with leather, flat cola and dried herb notes, medium bodied with savoury tannins, charry French oak on the minerally finish (***1/2)

Seresin Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2008

Purchased: Not ($A27/ $NZ28)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2009, there is a 5% Semillon input, big floral nose, this is the concentrated and pungent regional style showing lemon grass, gooseberry, green capsicum and passionfruit with some tangy lemon sherbert, 14% barrel ferment adds to the richness of the texture without muting the intensity (****)