Seresin Leah Pinot Noir is named after Michael Seresin’s daughter and is a blend made from grapes sourced from all three of their vineyard sites. The name Seresin might be familiar to you if you have an interest in the film world. Michael Seresin is a world-famous cinematographer most famous for his collaborations with Alan Parker on such films as Bugsy Malone and Midnight Express. He founded Seresin Estate in 1992 and, with their first vintage in 1996, they are celebrating 20 vintages in 2016. Seresin Estate encompasses not only the vines and olive groves, but also pasture land, livestock, vegetable gardens and orchards, as well as native vegetation.
The Pinot Noir grapes for this wine are certified organic and come from the estate’s Demeter certified biodynamic vineyards, Raupo Creek, Tatou and Noa. Raupo Creek is located in the Omaka Valley with its clay-rich hillside soils. Both Tatou (alluvial shingles) and Noa (their original vineyard with alluvial Waimakariri soils) are located in the Wairau Valley.
The grapes are hand-harvested and destemmed, they are then cooled and undergo a period of pre-fermentation steeping. The wine is fermented using natural yeasts with a twice daily punching down of the cap. The wine is left on the skins for 2 weeks after fermentation and it then lightly pressed and racked into French oak barriques (12% new). The wine undergoes malolactic fermentation in barrel and is then aged for 11 months prior to bottling unfiltered and unrefined.
Seresin Leah Pinot Noir is certified organic and biodynamically grown. It is also suitable for vegetarians and vegans. No dairy products or eggs used during production.