Leah Pinot Noir – 2013

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

The Wine

Vineyard Profile

The fruit comes mostly from our clay-rich hillside Raupo Creek vineyard in the Omaka Valley, with a small amount also from the alluvial shingles of our Tatou vineyard and the Noa vineyard, which is made up of Waimakariri type soils of alluvial origin.

Harvest Notes
  • 2013 was an excellent vintage from Marlborough.  A calm spring allowed for even flowering and berry set, and an initially warm summer was tempered by cooler temperatures after veraison – allowing slower maturation of the fruit, encouraging retention of acidity and development of more complex flavor compounds.
  • Fruit was hand-sorted, destemmed and cooled.  After pre-fermentation steeping, the juice was warmed and fermented with wild yeast, and the caps hand-plunged daily during fermentation.  The wines was left on skins for 2 weeks of post-ferment maceration, then drained, lightly pressed and transferred to French oak barriques, of which 10% were new.
  • The wine went through natural malolactic fermentation during 11 months maturation, before it was bottled unfiltered and unfined.
Winemaker's Notes
  • 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.
  • Drink dates:  Now until 2024
Wine Summary
  • Made from Pinot Noir grapes.
  • Vine age – from vines over 20 years on average in 2015.
  • Grown on soils of mixed alluvial silt, gravel and clay.
  • Fermented in French Oak Barriques using wild yeast.
  • Aged in French barriques, approximately 15% new.
  • Aged for 11 months.
  • Bottled unfiltered and unfined.
Technical Information
  • Clones:  115, 777 & 10/5
  • Yield:  6 tonnes/hectare
  • Oak:  100% oak matured, 10% new
  • Bottling date:  1st August 2014
  • Alcohol:  13.5%
  • RS:  <1g/l
  • pH:  3.71
  • TA:  5.7g/l

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