Seresin Sauvignon Blanc 2003
The slightly cooler growing conditions encountered during the 2003 vintage allowed us to pick the Sauvignon Blanc portion, between 31 March and 22 April, and a small portion of Semillon, on 29 April 2003. The fruit from the different vineyard blocks was pressed and fermented separately so that we had more options when creating the final blend. This also allows us to identify which vineyard systems are most suitable for these varieties and from which parcels our best fruit comes.
Crisp, but with complex aromas of herbs and mineral alongside passion fruit and citrus. Explodes in the mouth with flavors of pineapple, pink grapefruit and more passion fruit." - Wine Enthusiast Editor's Choice
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.
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.
Recognized for its distinctively herbaceous and aromatic, Sauvignon blanc, New Zealand is perfectly suited to the grape with its maritime climate, plenty of rainfall and abundant sunshine. Producers have almost unilaterally embraced cutting-edge winery technology, resulting in clean, high-quality wines at every price point from wallet-friendly to premium. Sauvignon blanc is at its best in Marlborough but thrives throughout as the country. It is New Zealand’s most planted and successful variety, also accounting for an overwhelming majority of its exports.