Seresin 2008 Sauvignon Blanc



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Winery/Brand: Seresin


WINE MAKER'S NOTES: This Sauvignon Blanc displays passionfruit, and cut grass on the nose with a chalky mineral complexity. The mouth feel is textured with a slight creaminess and concentrated with greengage plum, ripe gooseberry and mineral flavours. A persistent acidity helps to draw out the palate.

CELLARING POTENTIAL: Drinking well now but will develop well over the next five years showing great concentration with evolving truffle and caramel characters.



The Story

VINEYARD: This wine is a blend of fruit from our three vineyards with varying soil characteristics. Fruit sourced from the Home vineyard on the upper terraces encompassed varied Waimakiriri type soils of alluvial origin. This was supplemented by portions from the Tatou vineyard which is made up of a mixture of alluvial shingles, and the clay-rich Raupo Creek vineyard. Twenty-six different portions of Sauvignon Blanc were picked between March 19 and April 9. The Semillon was hand-picked on the 7th and 8th of April.

VARIETIES: Sauvignon Blanc (95%) and Semillon (5%)

VINIFICATION: Twenty-six different parcels of fruit from the different vineyard blocks were pressed and then fermented separately so that we had a greater range of options when creating the final blend. Approximately forty percent of the final blend was fermented using wild yeast for added complexity and texture. The Semillon and approximately 10 percent of the Sauvignon have been fermented in older French barriques.

The finished wine has an alcohol of 13.5 percent, pH of 3.28, 6.8g/L titratable acid and 3g/L residual sugar.

"Pale, green-tinged yellow. Captivating aromas of lemon, lime and crushed stone, lifted by violet and jasmine. Densely packed but vibrant and high-pitched, with superb intensity and lift to the floral and mineral flavors. Finishes long and gripping, with an impression of weightlessness. This makes the overwhelming majority of Marlborough sauvignons seem strictly commercial by comparison. A lot of wine for the price. 91 points." Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Review (US) September, 2008

"A rich and fragrant nose of elderflowers over passionfruit, green capsicum and gooseberries invites you into this special expression of Marlborough sauvignon blanc. Impressive texture and complexity are delivered by 5% semillon, a partial wild yeast ferment and 14% of the wine spending time in French oak. Despite all that it's purely varietal in the Marlborough mode; tight and well defined, it is vibrant, tangy and lengthy with crisp and refreshing acids. Yet another superb wine from a house that keeps on impressing." Nick Bryant, Independent Financial Review (NZ) February, 2008

The Specs

RegionMarlborough, New Zealand
GrapesSauvignon Blanc
PackagingGlass Bottle