Why Not Wednesday with Seresin Estate
Located in Marlborough, New Zealand, Seresin Estate was founded in 1992 by Michael Seresin, an internationally acclaimed cinematographer. Seresin produces wines from certified organic and biodynamic estate vineyards: Home Vineyard, located in the Wairau Valley, is planted on well draining Waimakariri soils. Tatou Vineyard is composed of alluvial shingle soils and also located in Wairau Valley and the Raupo Creek Vineyard in Omaka Valley sits on clay rich soils. The wines are naturally fermented, using wild yeasts indigenous to the winery, to give greater complexity to the wines.
The owners of Seresin Estate winery seek to minimize the impact of the farm on the land. They try to reinvigorate the land. They believe that the world is a living organism and that everything has its place. There are several compost piles. A section has 12 brick, lined ground pits. These provide an area to incubate the composts. Teas are made from the compost, diluted and sprayed on the grapevines. To prepare a tea, there is a combination of a cow horn and manure from a lactating cow. The manure is placed in the cow horn with group of quartz crystals (silica). A year later the mix will be like a soil.
Momo is a line of wines produced by Seresin Estate. The portfolio is appropriately named – Momo means “offspring” in Maori. The wines are made from grapes grown in Seresin’s three biodynamic vineyards and from dedicated growers in the region. Seresin’s winemaker Tamara Kelly uses minimal intervention to present wines with honest varietal character and quality.
Tamra Kelly-Washington grew up in Marlborough during the region’s viticulture explosion. Spending school holidays working in vineyards and winery restaurants sparked an early fascination with wine and its creation. With a degree in Viticulture and Oenology from Lincoln University, her first position was in the laboratory at Seresin Estate. Tamra then worked all over the world for several years until she finally headed back home to land the role of head winemaker in Seresin Estate.
2013 Momo, Marlborough NZ – Pinot Noir :: $24 Sale $21
A garnet colored medium-bodied red that presents aromas of cherry, mocha and new leather with hints of spice. Flavors of dark fruit and smoky oak integrate nicely with firm, succulent tannins.
A blend of fruit from four Marlborough vineyards with varying soil characteristics. The fruit was hand-picked, destemmed and cold soaked for several days to extract color and enhance bright fruit notes. After fermentation in open-top fermenters, the wine matured for 11 months in French oak.
2105 Momo, Marlborough NZ – Sauvignon Blanc :: $18.50 Sale $16.50
Bright, fresh and appealing, with vibrant passionfruit and lime flower notes, as well as hints of cut grass and chalky minerals. Intense on the palate, with concentrated notes of gooseberry and subtle tropical fruits.
2015 Seresin Estate, Marlborough NZ – Sauvignon Blanc :: $28 Sale $24
Subtle on the nose with warm notes of ripe yellow stone-fruit, soft passionfruit and chalky-mineral complexity. The palate is layered and finely textured, with ripe gooseberry, tropical and citrus notes, framed by a mouth-watering acidity, which creates a persistence finish. Delicious with all types of seafood and summer salads.
2015 Seresin Estate ‘Leah’, Marlborough NZ – Pinot Noir :: $36 Sale $32
A blend from all three of our vineyard sites, Leah is named after Michael Seresin’s daughter. Exhibits bright, fragrant berry-fruit aromas, interlaced with spice and herbal notes. The wine is focused and concentrated, with a succulent fruit core, framed by fine-grained tannins and a mouth-watering acidity. An elegant and understated style with immediate appeal, but structure to last.
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