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.
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This Sauvignon Blanc displays tropical and citrus aromas framed by a fresh acidity and underpinned by a chalky mineral complexity. The palate is finely textured with gooseberry, subtle lychee and mineral flavours leading to a persistent finish. This wine is drinking well now but will develop well... more
The nose exhibits savoury, spicy and earthy aromas with plum, berry and herbal notes. The palate is focused and concentrated with soft tannins supporting succulent fruits through to a lingering finish. more
This Sauvignon Blanc displays aromas of grapefruit and lime underpinned by a chalky mineral complexity. The palate is finely textured with gooseberry, zesty citrus and mineral flavours combined with a slight creaminess. A firm acidity helps to draw out the finish. more
The nose exhibits savory, spicy and earthy aromas with plum, berry and herbal notes. The palate is focused and concentrated with soft tannins supporting succulent fruits through to a lingering finish. more
This Sauvignon Blanc displays passionfruit, and cut grass on the nose with a chalky mineral complexity. The mouth feel is textured with a slight creaminess and concentrated with greengage plum, ripe gooseberry and mineral flavors. A persistent acidity helps to draw out the palate.
Drinking well... more
The nose exhibits aromas of dark cherry, mocha, new leather and subtle toast with hints of spice. The palate is concentrated with succulent dark fruits layered over smoky oak, with fine mouth-coating tannins and a persistent finish.
Drinking well now, but will improve over the next five years. more
Pale, green-tinged yellow. Captivating aromas of lemon, lime and crushed stone, lifted by violet and jasmine. Densely packed but vibrant and high-pitched, with superb intensity and lift to the floral and mineral flavors. Finishes long and gripping, with an impression of weightlessness. This makes... more
The nose exhibits aromas of cherry, red currants and raspberry, new leather and hints of spice. The palate is elegant with succulent red fruits layered over smoky oak, with supple tannins and a persistent finish.
Sourced mainly from their Raupo Creek Vineyard, fruit de-stemmed with the wine... more
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... more
Our philosophy and stylistic direction with Chardonnay is to focus on the textural element of the palate rather than emphasising primary fruit characters. The cool temperatures in Marlborough work to retain fruit character and we want to use these characters to give more interest to the palate by... more