Leah Pinot Noir – 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

Pinot Noir Over 20 years on average in 2015 Mixed alluvial silt,

The Wine

Vineyard Profile

A blend from all of our vineyard sites, Leah is named after Michael Seresin’s daughter.

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

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 smaller than average.  Harvest took place in good conditions, resulting in fruit which showed aromatic ripeness as well as a balanced, fresh acidity.

The fruit was hand-picked, destemmed and cooled, the juice was warmed and fermented with wild yeast, and the caps hand-plunged daily during fermentation.  The wine was left on skins for 4-5 weeks, then drained, lightly pressed and transferred to aged French oak barriques. The wine went through natural malolactic fermentation during 11 months maturation, before it was bottled lightly filtered 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 mouth-watering acidity.
  • An elegant 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 lightly filtered and unfined.

Technical Information
  • Variety:  Pinot Noir
  • Vineyard:  85% Noa, 15% Raupo Creek
  • Oak:  11 months
  • Bottling Date:  October 21, 2016
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • RS:  1.5 g/l
  • PH:  3.71
  • TA:  5.6 g/l
  • Total SO2:  55 ppm


90 Points

Delicate floral and herbal notes add interest to the cherry aromas of the 2015 Leah Pinot Noir. It’s a crisp, medium-bodied Pinot Noir, with bright cherry fruit and silky tannins, barely marked by oak. It should drink well for at least 6-7 years.

© Wine Advocate, February, 2018

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