Sauvignon Blanc – 2015

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
  • Ceritified organic fruit was hand-picked from two of our three biodynamic vineyards.
  • The majority came from the upper terraces of our Noa vineyard, on Waimakiriri soils of alluvial origin.
Harvest Notes
  • A cool start to the year, with some late frosts, but the weather was settled for flowering and fruit set.  The summer was warm and very dry, resulting in berries and bunches being small than average.  Harvest took place in good conditions, resulting in fruit which showed aromatic ripeness as well as a balanced, fresh acidity.
  • This unique Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is comprised of 18 different parcels of Sauvignon Blanc and two of Semillon, each picked from different vineyard blocks, which were then gently whole bunch pressed and fermented separately.  The wines was naturally fermented using wild yeast, and 20% of the total blend was fermented in old French oak barriques to give complexity and texture.  After eight months, each batch was tasted and selected to create a well-rounded and complex wine.
  • Oak:  Semillon portion and 11% Sauvignon in mixture of old barriques for 6 months.
  • Bottle Date:  February 4th, 2016.
Winemaker's Notes
  • Subtle on the nose with warm notes of ripe yellow stone-fruit, soft passionfruit and chalky-mineral complexity.
  • The palate is layered and finely textured, with ripe gooseberry, tropical and citrus notes, framed by a mouth-watering acidity, which creates a persistent finish.
  • Delicious with all types of seafood and summer salads.
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
  • Varietal:  91% Sauvignon Blanc/9% Semillon
  • Alcohol:  13.0%
  • RS:  1.6 g/l
  • PH:  3.09
  • TA:  6.6 g/l


90+ Points

The 2015 Sauvignon Blanc shows a little struck match (sulfide) character, which gives way to a core of lemon juice, gooseberry and passion fruit notes with hints of cedar and pea pods.  It fills the palate with plenty of tropical, citrus and mineral flavors, with a crisp line and good length.  The initial sulfide notes may be off-putting for some, but I like the savory edge they lend and find them in balance.

© Wine Advocate, December, 2016

92 Points

Racy acidity and silky texture; juicy and bright with elegant style and lively flavors; classic Marlborough Sauv Blanc.

Sommelier Journal, February, 2017

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