Seresin Syrah is sourced from one hectare of Syrah vines planted in Seresin’s Raupo Creek vineyard, located in the Omaka Valley, in 2012. The 2016 vintage was the first commercial release.
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 Seresin Estate encompasses not only the vines and olive groves but also pasture land, livestock, vegetable gardens and orchards, as well as native vegetation.
For the Seresin Syrah 100% Syrah grapes were hand-sorted, destemmed and cooled. After pre-fermentation steeping, the juice was warmed and fermented with wild yeast, and the caps hand-plunged twice daily during fermentation. The wine was left on skins for 5 weeks of post-ferment maceration, then drained, lightly pressed and transferred to French oak barriques for 10 months, all old oak, blended and transferred to puncheon for 8 months. The wine went through natural malolactic fermentation during 18 months maturation, before it was bottled unfiltered and unfined.