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Pure, organic New Zealand pinot from Seresin with bright red-fruit flavours, an excellent balance of soft tannins and fresh acidity, and just enough ‘grip' on the finish.
Product Code: NZ11441
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New Zealander Michael Seresin is a well-known cinematographer, having worked on several successful films before turning his hand to the markedly different task of wine. In 1992 he decided to set up his eponymous Seresin Estate on the Wairau river terraces of Marlborough. The vineyards here, which benefit from New Zealand’s longest sunshine hours and shelter from nearby mountains, are farmed organically and biodynamically. Indeed Seresin was one of the first estates to use such farming methods in the early days.With its striking and stylish hand-print labels, Seresin has quickly become become an important player on the Marlborough wine scene. Sauvignon blanc and pinot noir have deservedly won particular acclaim. Michael Seresin himself still regularly travels abroad for his film work but the estate is well-run in his absence by a dedicated winemaking team. Also made by the Seresin team is the Momo range - Momo means “offspring” in Maori – which offers varietally true wines at a keen price. The grapes for this label come from a small number of dedicated contract producers, who also farm organically.
Still a baby when compared with other regions, New Zealand has quickly earned a reputation for top-quality wine. New Zealand might be a relative newcomer to the wine world (in 1960, the country had fewer than 400 hectares of vine) but its rise to pre-eminence is extraordinary. The precise, pure flavour of its wines has captured the attention of wine drinkers; Society sales certainly reflect this.The country’s two islands cover a vast area from north to south (it is often quoted in wine books that if New Zealand was in the northern hemisphere, the country would stretch from North Africa to Paris). The maritime climate is influenced by the strong prevailing winds of the Pacific Ocean and the striking mountainous terrain. These factors give the islands a wide range of growing conditions; broadly speaking, the regions of the North Island tend to be warmer than the cooler South Island.The cool New Zealand climate offers real opportunity for aromatic varieties like sauvignon blanc, riesling, pinot gris and gewurztraminer . Of the latter three, young plantings mean many styles rely more on sugar than fruit, which we avoid buying. But the very best share the intensity and palate weight of great Alsace examples with vibrant, lifted flavours. South Island’s Marlborough region is the benchmark setter for the former, and there are many pungently aromatic sauvignons that are stunning. Look out, too, for some of the exciting sub-regional wines – the Awatere is Marlborough’s coolest valley, now making really attractive, delicate and grassy wines, and Nelson across the hills is yielding superb wines from quality conscious producers like Neudorf. The first sauvignon blanc vines were planted in Marlborough around 30 years ago, when most farmers were raising cattle or growing fruit. The wines have since taken the world by storm. Farms have been replaced by vineyards, and today, chardonnay and pinot also flourish in Marlborough’s cool climate. The choice is sensational, so is the consistency in quality. However, Marlborough is not only about sauvignon blanc and there are crisp, juicy chardonnays and ripe but balanced pinot noirs of excellence.Further south is Central Otago, in the centre of the island. Pinot noir is something of a speciality here, though on the wrong site it can have difficulty reaching full maturity in this continental climate. The best seasons produce the country’s most dazzling examples of the grape, full-flavoured and superbly pure, and the greatest wines of this scenic region are in high demand around the worldThe north island also boasts excellent wine regions. North of the city of Auckland there is the Bay of Islands where a unique microclimate helps winemakers produce some wonderful reds, and the Brajkovich family’s Kumeu River Estate, specialising in rich but elegant chardonnay, can be found just north-west of New Zealand's biggest city. Waiheke Island, just off the coast close to Auckland, also produces some excellent wines.Hawkes Bay on the east coast of the North Island covers an extensive area of rolling hills, a sweep of coastline and the sharply dominant Te Mata Peak. The warm climate successfully ripens red grape varieties, the very best grown in the gravelly alluvial soils of the Gimblett Gravels appellation. Syrah is now adding its name to the roll call of successful varieties like cabernet and merlot. Chardonnay is well established here too, and the area makes some of New Zealand’s fullest and ripest examples.Close to Wellington at the southern tip of the North Island is Martinborough, arguably New Zealand’s most exciting area for pinot noir. The long growing season is particularly suitable to the slow, gradual ripening that this Burgundian grape so enjoys.
"Stunning light fruity wine, paired with sea bass on the bbq and worked a treat, could easily sip this all night lonh"
I would recommend this wine
"Stunning light fruity wine, paired with sea bass on the bbq and worked a treat, could easily sip this all night lonh"
I would recommend this wine
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"Not great. Bouquet ok but it goes downhill from there. There are better value pinots than this albeit you might need to look in other new world locations"
Mr Dominic Gibb (21-Dec-2019)
"*3.5. Rather like it the more I drink. Grippy. Cranberry and leather with flinty minerals and long finish."
Mr Dominic White (07-Dec-2019)
"Mr Skelsey makes a fair point in relation to blind tasting, but nevertheless I would go further and say this is 'very' pleasant wine and would argue that it is good value at the price point, simply on that basis.
I enjoy medium bodied reds almost exclusively these days and this is one of the nicest I've tasted in some time. I haven't tried the Soli but don't care for the Kumeu PN that Nigel mentioned at all.
I'd recommend this highly for anyone who prefers medium body reds, bearing in mind its uncharacteristic nature. "
Mr Terence P Ace (15-Nov-2019)
"I have been looking for a good 'budget' Pinot Noir that has the characteristics of a basic Bourgogne with varying degrees of success. This wine is pleasantly fresh, smooth and fruity and typically New World in style, but I would be pushed to identify this blind as a Pinot. If I had to use one word to describe it that would probably be 'pleasant', but nothing more. At £11.50 I wouldn't really place it in the 'good value' camp either. There is some serious competition around at this price with the Kumeu PN from New Zealand and Soli PN from Bulgaria beating it hands down. I must stress that it is a nicely balanced wine, but not what I'm looking for."
Mr Nigel Skelsey (23-Oct-2019)
"Sharp but lacking in fruit. Insipid. Overall not a particularly pleasant taste. Drinkable - but only just. For the money you can find better Pinot. "
Mr Nicholas Jones (27-Sep-2019)
"This was a tad poor, I thought. There was plentiful red fruit - vibrant red cherry, raspberry and cranberry, a hint of vanilla spice plus that characteristic autumnal, forest floor aroma. However I found it a tart, overly sour wine. Not only that it was bitter on the palate (an unchecked bitter-sour red wine is a big no for me personally). I found it too tannic for a Pinot Noir. Even letting it breath and drinking over the course of two days did little to help ameliorate this. I like a big grippy red - just not from a Pinot! "
Mr John-Paul Featherstone (22-Feb-2019)
"Incredibly sharp. Once the initial harshness fades, the richer flavours the other reviewers have described come through, but not enough to make this drinkable for me."
Miss Sally Brown (20-Aug-2018)
"I totally agree with Mr Yuen's review except that I am not normally a fan of Pinot Noir and would not normally buy it. However, this was included in the excellent "Where's the Value" fine reds case. Much darker and with much more structure and well balanced tannins than the typical pinots that I have had in the past and very much more to my taste! Very much enjoyed it."
Dr Paul Stockbridge (14-Apr-2018)
"Not the typical new world pinot I was hoping for, but deeply enjoyable all the same. It's somehow heavier, grippier, darker than the light, fruity drink I was expecting, and though not an imitation Burgundy its structure was almost tending that way. Would stand up to hearty food, and is to be recommended as a serious drink!"
Mr Maximilian Yuen (07-Mar-2018)
The Field (17th Mar 2019)
Michael Seresin's estate, a delectably sophisticated Kiwi Pinot. - Jonathan Ray"
rosemurraybrown.com (8th Jul 2018)
"Made by Seresin, an
estate at the forefront of biodynamic viticulture in Marlborough.
Although Momo means baby in Maori, this is not a soft easy Pinot Noir.
Slightly austere with more structure, tannin and acidity than you normally
expect in Marlborough - better served alongside lamb or duck rather than on its
own. - Rose Murray Brown"
"Well worth the money, medium bodied, primary red fruit flavours, with darker more complex undertones. Great with camembert."
Mr Kevin Beaverstock (31-Dec-2017)
"TWS note 'cranberry flavours' - which is pretty accurate - refreshing & slightly bitter/ sour without the smooth new world ripeness one might expect of a Marlborough Pinot. Not sure what to make of this one, but its certainly interesting. Needs to be paired with a dish with similar flavours like endive/ chicory?"
Mr Tim Potts (28-Sep-2017)
Sunday Express (12th Mar 2017)
"Light, juicy and
fruity with a savoury, meaty and peppery edge to the luscious red cherry and
cranberry flavours, this wine is simply delicious. It has a good edge to it,
making it food friendly. - Jamie Goode"
Sunday Express (22nd Jan 2017)
"This is a balanced
and good-value pinot from New Zealand made by Seresin, a well-known producer
who farms naturally. With direct cherry and redcurrant flavours, it’s fresh and
moreish. - Jamie Goode"
wineanorak.com (18th Jan 2017)
"11 months in old
French oak. This is delicious: it’s light, juicy and fruity with a deliciously
savoury, meaty, peppery edge to the red cherry and cranberry fruit. This has a
lovely savoury twist to it, and a bit of aromatic lift, making it very food
friendly. This is a wine with integrity and drinkability, and a little bit of
wildness. 91/100 Jamie Goode"
"This is very disappointing, having ordered a case when on offer, I kept going back to it thinking I was missing something, but to no avail. This is inferior to the other budget pinot noir such as Puy de Dome or Jacques Depagneux. Lacking character, thin flavoured and too acidic for me."
Mr Christopher J Chappell (15-Sep-2015)
Decanter (29th Apr 2015)
Restrained red fruit with subtle savoury and spicy nuances; firm bite of
acidity balances soft tannins. Appealing tartness. - Peter McCombie"
"This wine is a delight. Gorgeous fruit and perfect acidity. Not a big wine but beautifully balanced. A joy with pan fied liver. Have very high hopes for 2013."
Dr Robert J Allison (08-Jan-2015)
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