Seresin

Raupo Creek Pinot Noir – 2014

Region: New Zealand

Seresin

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 Average vine age 25 years Alluvial sand & clay

The Wine

Vineyard Profile

The fruit comes from our clay rich hillside Raupo Creek vineyard, which has a
gentle north-west facing aspect settled in the centre of the Omaka Valley. The
vineyard is tended to throughout the season by hand; following the growth of the
plant the vines were shoot-thinned, then leaf plucked, then fruit-thinned to carry
one bunch per shoot.

Harvest Notes
  • Minimal frosts during spring, perfect flowering conditions resulted in good crop and berry set
  • Warm early summer, but temperatures cooled after solstice to give long ripening period until end of 1st week of April
  • Heavy rain followed but fruit remained in good condition
  • All fruit hand picked, destemmed and cooled.
  • After prefermentaiton cold soak, juice warmed slightly to begin fermentation with wild yeast
  • Caps were hand plunged twice per day
  • Wine left on skins for 2 weeks of post-ferment maceration, then drained, lightly pressed and transferred
  • 13% new French oak barrels for 18 months
  • Bottled unfined and unfiltered
Winemaker's Notes

From vines grown on a steep north facing slope in our Raupo vineyard, where the soils are dense and clay-based. The nose exhibits notes of ripe dark berry fruit, alongside hints of savoury forest floor, rosemary and leather. The palate is concentrated, with deep earth, spice and hedgerow fruit characters, framed by fine, well-integrated tannins and a persistent, fresh finish.

Wine Summary

100% Pinot Noir; alcohol: 13.5%; soils: alluvial sand and clay; vine age: average 25 years; fermented using only wild yeasts; aged in 13% new French oak barrels for 18 months; bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Technical Information
  • 100% Pinot Noir grapes
  • Clones: 115, 777 & 10/5
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • TA: 6.4 g/L
  • pH: 3.59 g/L
  • RS: 1.4 g/L
  • Yield: 3 tons/ha

Reviews

89 Points

Cherry, cranberry and orange zest flavors are bright, featuring details of fresh herb and tobacco, with firming tannins on the finish. Drink now. 172 cases made, 28 cases imported.

Wine Spectator, June, 2019

92 Points

From a vineyard in the Omaka Valley, the 2014 Raupo Creek Pinot Noir spent 18 months in 13% new French oak. It’s medium ruby in hue, showing toasty, nutty accents to its ripe cherry fruit. This medium-bodied, moderately complex wine looks to be relatively early-maturing and is already drinking well, the silky tannins adding a pleasant dimension on the palate and finish.

© Wine Advocate, March, 2018

94 Points

EDITOR’S CHOICE

This single-vineyard wine from well respected biodynamic producer Seresin (which has recently been majorly downsized, so relish these older vintages while they’re still here) from the clay slopes of Marlborough’s Omaka Valley, is hard not to fall head over heels for. It fills the nose with a perfume of ripe cherries, florals, cocktails bitters and savory spices. But it shines most brightly on the palate, which is juicy, bright and harmonious, with precise tannins. A tightrope walk between sweet and savory that makes another sip all too easy. Drink now–2028

Wine Enthusiast, May, 2020

17 Points

Organic and vegan. Mid crimson. More savoury and obviously oaked than the Rachel Pinot 2014. Ripe, dark-red fruit. Firm, chewy and quite dark-fruited on the palate but has Pinot’s supple tannins in a savoury style. Long, fresh, savoury finish and showing very little development for a 2014. 13.5% 2019 – 2024

JancisRobinson.com, October, 2019

92 Points

(Marlborough, 172 cases, single vineyard, 13%). A slightly riper and more floral-inflected nose offers up notes of violet, rose petal, lavender and dark pinot fruit. The velvety medium-bodied flavors possess fine mid-palate density as well as evident power on the delicious, complex and lingering finale. This is lovely and a wine that should easily live for another decade though one that could also be enjoyed now.  2022+

Allen Meadow's Burghound, October, 2020

94 Points

More than six years after the grapes were picked, this is a mellow, round and gorgeous Pinot whose vibrant acidity holds this full-bodied wine together. The tannins are resolved and chalk-like, cupping the wine gently. The low yields are reflected in the excellent density. Plum-like fruit lingers alongside tea leaves and cinnamon on the long finish. While it can be enjoyed fully now for its chilled-out glory, it isn’t going anywhere in a hurry and will continue to provide satisfying drinking over the next 5-7 years before losing its tension. 2021 – 2028

Vinous, March, 2021

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