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Date Printed: 7/24/2014
Seresin Sauvignon Blanc 2005
Seresin Sauvignon Blanc 2005
(search item no. 88551)
screw cap wine
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 7/24/2014: $19.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Decanter rating: 91 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 85 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Refreshing, crisp and distinctive, this Sauvignon Blanc is the perfect solution for summer time get-togethers. This exemplary Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is light and zingy, yet its intense aromas and flavours leave a lasting impression and complement everything from grilled asparagus to spicy Asian food.

"Seresin, under the capable guidance of winemaker Brian Bicknell, continues to turn out exemplary Sauvignon Blanc. The 2005 is a great success, boasting sexy aromas of ripe peaches, gooseberries and pink grapefruit, all touched with a hint of honey. Nectarine and pink grapefruit flavors seem made for each other on the plump but not soft palate, while the finish features excellent length and intensity. A benchmark Marlborough Sauvignon." ~ Wine Enthusiast 

All three Seresin vineyards are managed organically, two being the only ones in all of Marlborough to be BioGro certified. Some 200 people apply annually for the jobs of hand-picking an impressive array of grape varieties – Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Semillon, Gewürztraminer and Riesling -which are all hand-sorted before being whole-bunch pressed. Portions of the grapes are then naturally fermented using indigenous yeasts to give greater interest to the resulting wine.  Out in the field, there are ‘cow pat pits' for batching up biodynamic preparations. Along with the manure, ingredients include valerian, nettle, chamomile, dandelion and oak bark.

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About Seresin:

Michael Seresin, a New Zealand born filmmaker based in London, is the sole owner of Seresin Estate. While racking up credits as cinematographer for movies such as Fame, Angela’s Ashes and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban he also bought 167 acres in Marlborough in 1992 and started seriously exploring his passion for wines. Inspired by his first glass of Cloudy Bay, he hired Brian Bicknell, Chief Winemaker at Viña Errazuriz in the Aconcagua Valley, Chile and they began planting Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Riesling.

It’s important to Michael that all three vineyards are managed and certified organic under BioGro certification. The estate is also striving for biodynamic certification because as he recently told Wine Spectator, “Some of the best vineyards in Burgundy are doing it. It has nothing to do with sales or marketing… in essence it’s traditional agriculture.” (July 10, 2006)

This philosophy of working in harmony with nature is evident in their commitment to careful hand-tending, and hand-harvesting and sorting. It also is represented in their efforts to work with natural elements such as wild yeasts to elicit a true Marlborough character in their wines with minimal wine-maker intervention in order to allow the layers of flavor to evolve, so the wines are a natural expression of the soil from which they come.