Reserve Sauvignon Blanc – 2009

Region: New Zealand


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.

Grapes / Soils

Sauvignon Blanc Over 20 years on average in 2015 Mixed alluvial silt, gravel and clay

The Wine

Vineyard Profile
  • The certified organic fruit comes from selected parcels in the Seresin Home Block vineyard which surrounds the winery, and makes up the ripest portion of our Sauvignon Blanc harvest.
  • Our low-cropping vines carried about 50 percent less fruit than normal, resulting in fruit of incredible intensity.
  • Clones: 316, 317, 2413, 5385, MS
Harvest Notes
  • After hand-sorting the fruit was whole-bunch pressed, seventy percent of the blend was fermented in tank using wild yeast and the remaining portion was transferred to aged French barriques and left to undergo fermentation with wild yeast.
  • The wine was left on lees for five months following fermentation.
  • The finished wine has an alcohol of 14.0 percent, pH of 3.27, 6.2 g/L titrable acid and 3 g/L residual sugar.
Winemaker's Notes
  • This Sauvignon Blanc embraces some of the trademark Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc characters with floral, citrus and herbal aromas underpinned by a flinty minerality.
  • The palate is harmonious, combining concentrated fruit flavors with a savory complexity.
  • A tight focus of acidity draws out the palate for a lingering finish.
  • Cellaring Potential: After several months bottle age prior to release, this wine is enjoyable now, however the fruit concentration and firm acidity will ensure that it improves over the next five years.


92 Points

Bright yellow. Passion fruit and gingery oak spices on the nose, complicated by a sweaty saline character (from the wild yeasts?). Rich, ripe, tactile and sweet, with an almost gamey wildness in the mouth. Full without being weighty thanks to its gingery lift. Finishes long and surprisingly dry, with palate-dusting minerality. Serious juice.

International Wine Cellar, September, 2011

17.5 Points

Very tight and delicate. Lovely sappy texture and transparent fruit. Really light touch here yet the impact opens out on the finish in a truly burgundian peacock’s tail. Very clean finish. But the polar opposite of the sweet concentration of the Leah bottling. All is finesse., May, 2013

92 Points

Best of Year – This is reasonably firm and muscular for a Marlborough Pinot Noir, yet still retains a welcome sense of elegance. Savory mushroom and meat notes feature prominently, filled out by black cherry shad- ings and the long, dusty finish. Drink 2018–2025.

Wine Enthusiast, December, 2017

General Info

Country New Zealand
Region South Island
Appellation(s) Marlborough
Proprietors Michael Seresin
Founded 1996
Winemaker Tamra Kelly-Washington
Annual Production 60,000 9L cases
Farming (Sustainable, organic, biodynamic) Biodynamic, Organic