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New Zealand tasting notes

text and photographs © 2007 Tom Cannavan

These notes accompany our in-depth feature on New Zealand's South Island.


Seresin Estate, Sauvignon Blanc Marama 2004
Planted in 1997, Seresin's Sauvignon is a very individual take on the Marlborough style, with a wild yeast ferment. It has an extremely complex, herbal and vividly waxy nose, with hints of goat's cheese and plenty of ripe, lemony fruit. On the palate it is very rich, with a full texture, a mid-palate with weighty fruit, and a long, zesty finish.

Seresin Estate, Chardonnay 2004
Lovely rich, figgy, rounded nose with a waxy tamarind and leesy richness. The palate has masses of leesy, rich, apple and more ripe, tropical fruit, with a creamy texture and fresh, lemony finish.

Seresin Estate, Chardonnay Reserve 2004
From two clones of Chardonnay selected for complexity, this spends 15 months in barrel. There's a lovely green fig character, with almond and plenty of dense, fleshy stone fruit aromas. On the palate there is real succulence, with some thyme and herby nuances, oatmeal, and a rounded, yet crisp citrus finish playing against nutty, creamy oak.

Seresin Estate, Pinot Noir "Leah" 2004
Names after Michael Seresin's daughter, this has a fabulously smoky nose, with an earthy, tobacco-tinged sweetness of fruit. Vivid black cherry on the palate is quite mouthfilling, with a dry tannin evolving gin the finish, good acidity and pretty good length.

Seresin Estate, Tatou Vineyard Pinot Noir 2004
Very fine coffee-tinged nose of ripe cherry fruit, with a plummy roundness and plenty of earthy, quite mineral qualities. On the palate there's a liquorice edge to the fruit, with plummy concentration. There is a rounded, full quality here, with very good concentration and a lovely acid structure that keeps it fresh and quite long.

Seresin Estate, Raupo Creek Pinot Noir 2004
Delightful vanillin nose, with spice and a definite opulence: quite creamy, full fruit. Fantastic fruit sweetness in this wine, with plenty of weight and breadth on the palate, and a supportive pillow of oak, braced by quite edgy, roughening tannins and balanced acidity.

UK Agent: John Armit Wines Ltd, Tel: 0207 908 0600

for New Zealand South Island profiles, Seresin Estate