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Date Printed: 10/30/2014
Seresin Sauvignon Blanc 2006
Seresin Sauvignon Blanc 2006
(search item no. 90350)
green wine
screw cap wine

International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/30/2014: $19.79

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
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 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:

The earlier ripening period of the 2006 vintage, one of the best in Marlborough's history, was initiated by early flowering, which allowed more hang time on the vines until flavors were optimum. Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon grapes were hand picked and whole-cluster pressed then fermented separately for a greater range of options when creating the final blend. indigenous yeast, barrel-fermentation, and extended lees contact are all used to contribute complexity, texture, and integration to this wine.

The 2006 Seresin Sauvignon Blanc displays intense passionfruit and minerality on the nose. The mouth-feel is very finely textured with herbaceous notes integrated with a slightly creaminess, showing great weight and texture. This wine is generous and seamless.

"Good bright, pale color. Pungent, cool aromas of grapefruit, white pepper, curry powder and brown spices; something riesling-like about this. Then juicy and penetrating yet surprisingly easy to drink, with sharply focused flavors of citrus fruit, minerals and quinine intensified by brisk acidity. Nervy, nuanced sauvignon with terrific verve and length."
-International Wine Cellar

My Notes:

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.