Seresin 2009 Leah Pinot Noir

Posted on July 20, 2011

After developing a passion for wine during his travels, renowned New Zealand filmmaker Michael Seresin purchased land in the Wairau Valley in the early 1990's. Today, Seresin controls over 100 hectares of vines split over three sites and produces Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, and Semillon. Strictly following biodynamic farming principles in the vineyards and taking a minimalistic winemaking approach, Seresin's wines display a unique sense of place. Their 2009 Leah Pinot Noir is hand picked, fermented with wild yeasts, oak matured for 11 months, and bottled unfiltered.


Winery - Seresin Estate

Location - Renwick, Marlborough, New Zealand

Wine - Seresin 2009 Leah Pinot Noir

Grape Varieties - Pinot Noir

Appellation - Marlborough

Alcohol - 14.0% v/v

Price -$40 NZD


Nose/Aroma - Earthy and herbal, slightly floral. Pungent.

Palate/Flavors - Balanced and elegant; good phenolics. Well-integrated and complex flavors of cherry, spice, and truffles. Reminded me a little of cherry coca-cola at some stage; sweetness fades with time and savoriness takes over.

Style - Powerful but elegant, draws the fine line between too much and too little with a fickle varietal.

Food Pairing - By itself was pretty good. Braised lamb or pork belly would be lovely.

Comments - Beautiful mouthfeel. I always like wines where secondary flavors are primary. Drinks great, opens up really nicely, but could easily cellar several more years.