Sun and Moon Pinot Noir – 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

Pinot Noir Clay & sand

The Wine

Vineyard Profile
  • The fruit for this wine comes from the steep hill block of our clay rich hillside Raupo Creek vineyard in Marlborough’s Omaka Valley.
  • Each vine is thinned to carry one bunch per shoot or less, or less than 1kg of fruit per vine.
  • In the best vintages the best portions are selected to make the Sun and Moon Pinot Noir.
Winemaker's Notes
  • The fruit was hand-sorted before being de-stemmed and cooled, after a pre-fermentation soaking period the juice was allowed to warm and fermentation started with wild yeast.
  • During fermentation the caps were hand-plunged daily.
  • The wine was then left to sit on skins for two weeks for post ferment maceration; a total of four weeks was spent in contact with the skins. It was then drained and lightly pressed before natural malolactic fermentation during 17 months maturing in French oak.
Wine Summary
  • Made from Pinot Noir grapes.
  • Vine age – from vines over 20 years on average in 2015.
  • Grown on soils of Clay & sand.
  • Fermented in French Oak using wild yeast.
  • Aged in French oak, of which around 35 percent was new.
  • Aged for 15 months.
  • Bottled unfiltered and unfined.
Technical Information
  • Alcohol: 14.0%
  • pH: 3.58
  • TA: 5.8g/l
  • Clones: 115, 777 & 10/5


90 Points

Medium red. Pungent, peppery aromas of red and dark berries and spices. Intensely flavored and juicy, with slightly edgy acidity giving a high-toned quality to the mid-palate. This very brisk pinot finishes firmly tannic and persistent but youthfully tight.

International Wine Cellar, September, 2011

92 Points

Good medium red. Deep, soil-inflected aromas of plum, currant, raspberry, wild herbs and smoky underbrush. Lush, seamless and concentrated pinot, conveying an impression of strong extract. Boasts disparate but nicely integrated elements: saline, soil-driven smoke and earth.

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Review, October, 2012

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