Marama 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.

The Wine

Vineyard Profile

2013 was an excellent vintage for Marlborough.  A calm spring for even flowering and berry set, and an initially warm summer was tempered by cooler temperatures after veraison – allowing slower maturation of the fruit, encouraging retention of acidity and development of more complex flavor compounds.

The fruit for this wine comes from some of our oldest vines, on the lower terraces of the Seresin Noa Vineyard.  The vineyard is made up of a variety of Waimakiriri type soils of alluvial origin with free draining basalt pebbles.

  • Yield:  4 tons/acre
Harvest Notes

The fruit was hand-sorted and whole-bunch pressed and sent straight to barrel.  Each parcel was naturally fermented in French oak, 7% of which was new.  The wine went through malolactic fermentation, which occurred naturally in barrel.  After 18 months in oak, the wine was blended, lightly filtered and bottled without fining.

  • Oak:  100% barrel fermented, 7% new
  • Bottling date:  January 15, 2015
Winemaker's Notes
  • Marama is a wine with its own clear identity; richly textured, with aromas of citrus, elderflower and a hint of honey-comb.
  • The palate is complex and involving, with soft oak providing weight and generosity to the underlying Sauvignon characters.
  • A tight and focused acidity creates a lingering finish.
  • Drink dates:  Now until 2022
Technical Information
  • Variety:  100% Sauvignon Blanc
  • Alcohol:  14%
  • RS:  2.9 g/l
  • pH:  3.2
  • TA:  6.3 g/l


91 Points

(aged for 16 months in 20% new French oak): Pale, green-tinged yellow. Sexy aromas of lemon oil, tropical fruits and complementary oak, plus a brisk herbaceous quality. Round, concentrated and alluring on the palate, offering terrific lift to the flavors of ripe yellow peach, lime leaf, fig and truffle. A touch of vanillin oak on the finish contributes grip. Lovely long, layered Sauvignon Blanc.

Vinous, May, 2016

94 Points

A limited release wine made from the Noa Vineyard’s oldest vines, barrel fermented in French oak (20% new) barriques and matured in oak for a further 16 months, this is a very complex, smoothly textural style, all about texture in fact, it delivers a nose with spicy bread dough and nutty aromas, some hints of citrus and grassy elements, as well as a little honeysuckle and lime. The palate has creamy appeal, really layered, long and smooth, flavors run through lemon citrus to lime and grapefruit, acidity drives the richness along to great effect. Drink now to 2022., January, 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