Seresin Rachel Marlborough Pinot Noir 2013
Tasting Notes from the Winery
Vintage: 2013 was an excellent vintage for Marlborough. A calm spring allowed for even flowering and berry set, and an initially warm summer was tempered by cooler temperatures after veraison. The cool end to the season allowed slower maturation of the fruit, encouraged retention of acidity and development of more complex flavour compounds.
Winemaking: Fruit was hand-picked, destemmed and cooled. After pre-fermentation steeping, the juice was warmed and fermented with wild yeast, and the caps hand-plunged twice a day during fermentation. The wine was left on skins for 2 weeks of post-ferment maceration, then drained, lightly pressed and transferred to French oak barriques, of which 17% were new. The wine went through natural malolactic fermentation during 15 months maturation, before it was bottled unfiltered and unfined.
Viticulture: The main portion of fruit for this wine is derived from our clay-rich hillside ‘Raupo Creek’ vineyard, in the Omaka Valley, with the balance coming from the alluvial shingles of our Tatou vineyard and the Noa vineyard, which is comprised of Waimakariri soil types, alluvial in origin. Each vine is hand-tended throughout the season to create a balanced canopy and optimise fruit quality.
VARIETIES: Pinot Noir 100%
VINEYARD: Raupo Creek, Tatou & Noa
OAK: 17% new
TA: 6 g/l
Certified organic & biodynamically grown. Contains sulphites. Suitable for vegans .
ABOUT SERESIN ESTATE WINES
Estate grown grapes from organic and biodynamic vineyards are handpicked and transformed into artisan wines through gentle, traditional winemaking – wine of passion, grace and spirit. Acknowledging Seresin’s ongoing commitment to sound environmental practices as a winegrower, Seresin won the Marlborough District Council’s 2009 Marlborough Environment Award.
Winemaker Clive Dougall
Annual Production 60,000 9L cases
Farming Sustainable, Biodynamic, Organic