Raupo Creek Pinot Noir – 2012

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 Alluvial sand & clay

The Wine

Vineyard Profile
  • The fruit comes from our clay rich hillside Raupo Creek vineyard, which has a gentle north-west facing aspect settled in the centre of the Omaka Valley.
  • Each vine is thinned to carry one bunch per shoot.
Harvest Notes
  • Fruit was hand-sorted and destemmed and cooled.
  • After a pre-fermentation steeping period, the juice was warmed and fermented with wild yeast, and the caps hand-plunged daily 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, 26% of which were new.
  • The wine went through natural malolactic fermentation during 15 months maturation, before it was bottled unfiltered and unfine
Winemaker's Notes
  • The nose exhibits notes of ripe dark berry fruit, alongside hints of savoury forest floor, rosemary and leather.
  • The palate is concentrated, with deep earth, spice and hedgerow fruit characters, framed by fine, well-integrated tannins and a persistent, fresh finish.
Wine Summary
  • Made from Pinot Noir grapes.
  • Vine age – from vines over 20 years on average in 2015.
  • Grown on soils of Alluvial sand & clay.
  • Fermented in French Oak Barriques using wild yeast.
  • Aged in French oak barriques, 26% of which were new.
  • Aged for 15 months.
  • Bottled unfiltered and unfined.
Technical Information
  • Clones: 115, 777 & 10/5
  • Yield: 3 tonnes / hectare
  • Oak: 100% oak matured, 26% new
  • Bottling date: 17th January 2014
  • Alcohol: 13.5 %
  • RS: <1g
  • pH: 3.69
  • TA: 5.3g/l
  • Drink dates: Now until 2025

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