Leah Pinot Noir – 2016

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

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

The 2016 winegrowing vintage at Seresin Estate will be remembered for a challenging cold start with a spectacular long summer.  A very long and constant frost fighting season ensured the team were under pressure from the start.  Towards the end of January we were predicting a later harvest than normal, but an intense long summer followed by a dry harvest period enabled us to deliver the fruit on-time, intact and without stress.  The harvest itself was fast and furious, one of the most compact we have ever experienced.

  • The fruit was hand-picked, destemmed 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, 12% new.
  • 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 a 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, 12% new.
  • Aged for 11 months.
  • Bottled lightly filtered and unfined.
Technical Information
  • Variety:  Pinot Noir
  • Vineyard:  97% Raupo Creek, 3% Noa
  • Oak:  11 months, 12% New
  • Bottling Date:  June 23, 2017
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • RS:  0.18 g/l
  • PH:  3.6
  • TA:  5.7 g/l
  • Total SO2:  40 ppm

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