Sun and Moon 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 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 – under 1kg of fruit per vine.
Harvest Notes
  • The fruit was hand-sorted before being de-stemmed and cooled.
  • After a short pre-fermentation steeping period, the juice was warmed, and fermented with wild yeast.
  • During fermentation the caps were hand-plunged daily.
  • The wine was left to sit on skins for nearly four weeks for post-fermentation maceration. It was drained and lightly pressed, before natural malolactic fermentation followed by 15 months maturing in French oak, of which around 35 percent was new.
  • The wine was bottled unfiltered and without fining.
Winemaker's Notes
  • Made from our best grapes, this is the purest expression of Pinot Noir we can make.
  • It is savoury and complex, crafted with aging in mind.
  • The supple tannins provide structure for rich and succulent fruit weight, creating a balance between power and elegance.
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
  • Clones: 115, 777 & 10/5
  • Yield: 2 tonnes / hectare
  • Oak: 100% oak matured, 35% new
  • Bottling date: 17th January 2014
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • RS: <1g
  • pH: 3.72
  • TA: 5.67g
  • Drink dates: Now until 2028


94+ Points

Medium ruby-purple colored, the 2012 Sun and Moon Pinot Noir is beautifully perfumed of lavender, cloves and violets over a core of red currents and red cherries with a waft of mossy bark. Light to medium-bodied, the intense red berry and earth flavors fill the mouth with plenty of lively acidity to boot and a good backbone of finely grained tannins, it finishes with great persistence and in provocative layers. Lisa Perrotti-Brown

© Wine Advocate, February, 2015

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