Leah Pinot Noir – 2014

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,

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
  • Minimal frosts during the spring and perfect flowering conditions resulted in a good crop and even berry set.  A warm early summer initially, but temperatures cooled after solstice to give a long ripening period, with stable conditions until the end of the first week of April.  Heavy rain followed, but the fruit remained in good condition.
  • Fruit was hand-picked, 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 wine 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
  • A blend from all three of our vineyard sites, Leah is named after Michael Seresin’s daughter.
  • Exhibits bright, fragrant berry-fruit aromas, interlaced with spice and herbal notes.
  • The wine is focused and concentrated, with a succulent fruit core, frame by fine-grained tannins and a mouth-watering acidity.
  • An elegan and understated style with immediate appeal, but structure to last.
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
  • Varieties:  Pinot Noir
  • Vineyard:  21% Noa, 10% Tatou, 69% Raupo
  • Oak:  11 months, approx. 10% new
  • Bottling Date:  March 1, 2016
  • Alcohol:  13.5%
  • RS:  1.7 g/l
  • pH:  3.76
  • TA:  5.9 g/L


89+ Points

Pale ruby-purple colored, the 2014 Leah Pinot Noir is a little mute with gentle herbal and earth notes plus suggestions of cranberries and spice box.  The delicate, light to medium-bodied palate has good grippy tannins and oodles of freshness supporting the sour cherry and cranberry flavors, finishing with lingering dried herb notes.

© Wine Advocate, December, 2016

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