Sauvignon Blanc – 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

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

The Wine

Vineyard Profile
  • Certified organic fruit was hand-picked from our three vineyards.
  • Grapes were sourced from the upper terraces of the Home vineyard, which comprise varied Waimakiriri type soils of alluvial origin.
  • This was supplemented by portions from the Tatou vineyard which is made up of a mixture of alluvial shingles, and the clay rich Raupo Creek vineyard.
Winemaker's Notes
  • Eighteen different parcels of Sauvignon Blanc and two portions of Semillon from the different vineyard blocks were pressed and then fermented separately so that we had a greater range of options when creating the final blend.
  • The wine was naturally fermented using wild yeast for added complexity and texture, and approximately fifteen percent of the Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon were fermented in aged French oak barriques.
Wine Summary
  • Made from Sauvignon Blanc grapes.
  • Vine age – from vines over 20 years on average in 2015.
  • Grown on soils of mixed alluvial silt, gravel and clay.
  • Fermented in stainless steel tanks with approximately fifteen percent of the Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon fermented in aged French oak barriques.
  • The wine was naturally fermented, using wild yeast.
Technical Information
  • Alcohol: 12.5%
  • RS: 3.2g/l
  • pH: 3.33
  • TA: 6.8g/l


91 Points

The 2013 Sauvignon Blanc gives a wonderfully intense nose of fresh grapefruit, mandarin peel and yuzu with nuances of sage, stuck flint and wet pebbles. Light to medium-bodied, it bursts in the mouth with citrus on tropical fruit flavors with just enough herbal and mineral accents to provide interest through the long finish.

© 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